The stalwart formula of Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne—the corrosive effects of capitalism on mostly working-class families in and around Liège—has drawn enthusiastic audiences around the world for over thirty years. Their new feature, UNE FILLE INCONNUE/THE UNKNOWN GIRL, takes a particularly hard look at the socio-economic triggers of male depredation.
Dardenne regulars Jérémie Renier and Olivier Gourmet are back, and Adèle Haenel (Aliyah, L’homme qu’on aimait trop, Nocturama, and the upcoming 120 BPM) adds to her growing list of memorable performances.
LA FILLE INCONNUE/THE UNKNOWN GIRL, through October 5.
ROYAL, Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.
PLAYHOUSE, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.
Opening September 29:
TOWN CENTER, 17200 Ventura Boulevard, Encino.
From top: Louka Minnella and Adèle Haenel in La Fille inconnue. Adèle Haenel. Image credit: Sundance Selects.