The Woman In The Fifth came out in theaters last June 15th 2012 and it stars Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joanna Kulig. A mystery/suspense film directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and written by Douglas Kennedy. The Woman In The Fifth is a story about an American writer who goes to Paris to try and put back the pieces of his life together. His plan doesn’t come together and ends up working for a meal every single day. He then meets a mysterious woman in his life that will bring together a new form of chaos in his life. The Woman In The Fifth was given great ratings by Rotten Tomatoes bringing it up to 63% fresh scores. Let’s know more on why this film made its mark in cinemas with Stephen Whitty’s movie review:
“The Woman In The Fifth: A Movie That Is Guaranteed To Haunt You
“The Woman in the Fifth” is a ghost story. Or maybe a murder mystery. Or maybe the study of a man slowly going mad. But mostly it’s an intriguing – and yes, occasionally annoying – trip into a dark, Eastern European sensibility.
Based on a novel by Douglas Kennedy, the mostly English-language, completely shot-in-Paris film is by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose previous (and, frankly, far more accessible) works have always been interesting.
He first got attention for “Last Resort,” a spare and moving film about a Russian seeking political asylum in England, and caught in a bureaucratic limbo. He followed that up with “My Summer of Love,” a story of teenage sexual experimentation that did audiences the favor of introducing them to Emily Blunt.
Pawlikowski doesn’t work a lot – those two films were his only directing credits for an entire decade – but perhaps because of that his films are painstakingly scripted, edited and shot.
“The Woman in the Fifth” – the title refers to the fifth arrondissement, the Parisian neighborhood where the character lives – is ostensibly about Ethan Hawke, a writer and professor who goes to France in hopes of getting a better child-custody arrangement from his estranged wife.
It’s soon clear though that – well, that things are unclear. Hawke seems not just understandably emotional, but erratic; his wife took out a restraining order against him long ago, and there are references to time in a prison, or a hospital.
Turned away, Hawke stubbornly stays on in town. And things get stranger. Robbed of his wallet, he takes a room in a flophouse, and a peculiar job as a night watchman. Wandering into a random party, he meets a mysterious female who seems eager to be his muse — or something stranger.
Clearly he’s somehow wandered into a Franz Kafka story – or maybe just a Roman Polanski film.
Hawke has often had something of the poser about him on screen, but that fits this character (and his French, while hardly beautiful, sounds fluent). And Kristin Scott Thomas is an elegant cipher as the femme fatale who may be Hawke’s savior, or destroyer.
But what both fascinates – and sometimes infuriates – about the tale is the dreamlike obscurity that clouds it.”
The rest of the review can be read at NJ.com
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