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The Woman in the Fifth (2011)
"La femme du Vème" (original title)

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A college lecturer flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. In the City of Light, he meets a widow who might be involved in a series of murders.

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Tom Ricks
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Sezer
Delphine Chuillot ...
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Julie Papillon ...
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Geoffrey Carey ...
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Mamadou Minte ...
Omar
Mohamed Aroussi ...
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Jean-Louis Cassarino ...
Dumont
Judith Burnett ...
Lorraine L'herbert
Marcela Iacub ...
Isabella
Wilfred Benaïche ...
Lieutenand Coutard
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American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don't go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events... as if an obscure power was taking control of his life. Written by Anonymous

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$33,011 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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$112,498 (USA) (13 July 2012)
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Lacking in tension or intensity
7 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

American writer/lecturer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) comes to Paris desperate to reconnect with his daughter. He's not wanted by his ex. He ends up in a dilapidated hotel where the manager Sezer is holding his passport hostage. He works for the unsavory character watching a door. His neighbor is a threatening brute. Then he meets Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas) at a literary party. They have an affair. He's stalking his little girl. He has another affair with the café girl which could cause him trouble with Sezer.

This is trying to be an atmospheric moody mystery thriller. The pacing is too slow to be thrilling. The atmosphere is indie adjacent and a little dreary. It could be much more moody and stylish. The one thing that this movie desperately needs is energy. Ethan Hawke is decidedly angry and tired. Writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski has a certain style here, and it grinds away at the movie. It's a movie that is trying to come up with something compelling.


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