• David Vonderhaar

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by David Vonderhaar 09 Jan, 2015

    Remains one of the all-time great accomplishments.

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  • Alan Jeffrey

    ★★★★½ Watched by Alan Jeffrey 05 Jan, 2015

    What I adore most about Haneke's cinema is how literally and yet viscerally you feel and experience the concept he is exploring. His form coalesces perfectly with his subject. And "Code Unknown" captures the alienation and isolation of racism and cultural dissonance to a deeply resonant degree, and all through the use of one simple technique employed over and over again throughout the film that never wears out its welcome, but rather further and further emphasizes and gives power to the main thematic ambition of the film.

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  • CinemaShadow

    ★★★★ Watched by CinemaShadow 27 Dec, 2014 2

    "Where Haneke's earlier 71 Fragments... traced a web of seemingly unconnected events leading up to a catastrophe, this takes the reverse tack of following the destinies of diverse characters witness to one seemingly inconsequential action - a disaffected youth tossing a paper wrapper into the lap of a Romanian woman begging on the Boulevard St Germain. It's a rewarding strategy, delving into the lives of an actress, her war-photographer lover, his brother and father, an African music teacher and his…

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  • Cappie Chamberlain

    ★★★★ Watched by Cappie Chamberlain 21 Dec, 2014

    Part of the attraction to Michael Haneke is his ability to bring power to the mundane and seemingly inconsequential. This is never truer than with Code Unknown, which is perfectly subtitled "ncomplete Tales of Several Journeys". 4 very different characters and their families have their lives virtually completely changed by one piece of poorly discarded rubbish.

    Haneke takes us on a journey with these characters, giving us short snippets of their life following the "incident", but never concluding any given…

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  • Ruth

    ★★★½ Watched by Ruth 07 Dec, 2014 2

    Not quite enigmatic or encrypted, but reflecting the fragmentary universes within the very convoluted existence of a social species, and thereby confronting the core epistemological elements of the medium itself, with sometimes bamboozling results. Given the film medium's interrelation with the human species, something Haneke recurringly touches upon, this becomes the film medium's own 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Code Unknown contains countless films. The more you discuss this film, the more you want to see it again. Theoretically, it would…

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  • Thom Loudon

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Thom Loudon 07 Nov, 2014

    Doesn't have the punch of his earlier '71 Fragments' but this is still a disorientating and stunningly disturbing stroll through modern European society Haneke style.

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  • Ben O

    ★★★★ Watched by Ben O 13 Oct, 2014

    As part of my 'Ben's first World Tour' project: Austria

    Though Haneke's movies are never easy to watch, I dont think I've ever struggled as much to latch on than I did with Code Unknown, though I believe that that sort of is the point. I've never been a huge fan of this kind of ensemble drama but Code Unknown is actually very much in its own bracket. Haneke very effectively employs the iris shot to flash in and out…

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  • Ramón Calderón

    Watched by Ramón Calderón 30 Sep, 2014

    A beautifully shot film, with great use of master shots and off-camera elements, that presents a few different stories mixing scenes from them all. The problem I have with the film is that it keeps me interested on the implicit promise that all stories will converge at the end, or at least will come to some independent but meaningful or definitive ending, but neither of those things fully happen. That makes it less appealing, because although some fragments are great…

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  • PezEspada

    Watched by PezEspada 01 Oct, 2014

    En sus grandes momentos está cerca de ser una de las películas que más me han afectado.

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  • alexyoungen

    ★★★★★ Watched by alexyoungen 27 Sep, 2014

    A movie about language and communication vs miscommunication. it is also intrinsically about the language of filmmaking. The questions of 'How does a movie make sense?' and 'Why does a movie make sense?' are profound -- clarity can be an extremely elusive in this regard.

    Code Unknown is a masterpiece.

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  • Lena Houst

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Lena Houst 09 Sep, 2014

    Will make you furiously angry, for either the right or wrong reasons.

    Suffocating indictment of privileged French society, careless of the weak, old or inferior, embracing the young, beautiful and possessive. In context of recent (or ever-present nowadays) shootings of unarmed black men, the first long-take scene is crushing. Admittedly it may make no sense upon first viewing, but feels more conveniently immersive roughly knowing its beats.

    Not sure I've ever hated a Binoche character this much and felt quite fine about that.

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  • ab

    ★★★½ Added by ab

    Part of the TSPDT 25% Challenge

    Haneke is a director famed for his uncompromising vision and provoking, cold, alienating style. It's why he is considered by many as one of the greatest living directors working today, and why he is one of my favourite directors of all time.

    In Code Unknown however, I unfortunately felt a little distanced by what he was trying to do. Like Haneke's previous masterpiece 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, he uses an ensemble…

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