The Unknown Woman

Starring: Clara Dossena Director: Giuseppe Tornatore
The Unknown Woman
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Image Entertainment
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - Italian
    • Subtitles - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette:
      1. Behind The Scenes Featurette
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Giuseppe Tornatore, Director
    • Trailers:
      1. Trailer
    • Previews:
      1. TV Spots

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 05/30/2008
"[S]umptuously photographed in noirish shades and slathered in spine-tingling music by Ennio Morricone, it twists every which way to sustain suspense..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/27/2008
"[Tornatore] transcends the lurid and the coincidental with range, depth and insight, and a bold, confident, suspenseful style, to create a fable of love and redemption."

Product Description:

Russian actress Xenia Rappoport gives a rich, complex lead performance in Giuseppe Tornatore's Italian thriller, THE UNKNOWN WOMAN (LA SCONOSCIUTA). Rappoport stars as Irena, a deeply troubled Ukrainian woman who has just arrived in Italy. She is desperate to get a job working in a specific building, mopping floors and doing whatever is necessary, even giving significant parts of her payment to the super (Alessandro Haber) she convinces to hire her. After causing Gina (Piera Degli Esposti) to have a terrible accident, Irena takes over Gina's job, working as a nanny for Thea (Clara Dossena) and her parents, Valeria (Claudia Gerini) and Donato (Pierfrancesco Favino). While growing very close with the young child, Irena suffers from horrible flashbacks and bad memories in which she is a blonde involved in some kind of mysterious sex trade headed by a man called Mold (Michele Placido). Irena brutally teaches Thea how to fight back when she's picked on at school, the way Irena was unable to fight back for so long against Mold, but things threaten to implode when Valeria starts becoming suspicious of Irena's motives. THE UNKNOWN WOMAN is a modern-day film noir, with clues slowly being revealed until it all comes together in the end, with plenty of surprises. Tornatore, who has made such international hits as MALENA, THE LEGEND OF 1900, and CINEMA PARADISO--which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film--keeps things moving at a steady pace, allowing the characters to grow in depth and emotion. THE UNKNOWN WOMAN captured five prestigious David di Donatello Awards in Italy, including Best Film, Best Director (Tornatore), Best Actress (Rappoport), Best Cinematography (Fabio Zamarion), and Best Composer (Ennio Morricone).

Product Description:

Irena (Xenia Rappoport) is a mysterious woman with a secret who works her way into the lives of an affluent young family. She stops at nothing to become the couple's trusted maid and beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter. But deep cracks underneath Irena's dedication soon become apparent as her horrific past and chilling obsession are revealed in this dark, sensual thriller.

Plot Keywords:

Theatrical Release | Thriller | Violence

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Product Info:

  • UPC: 014381524024
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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