The Unknown Girl – Review

✯✯✯✯½

Like the many other efforts of the Dardenne brothers, The Unknown Girl continues to play upon their knacks for approaching social realism but it’s also interesting to see the sort of route which they are taking in here. With The Unknown Girl, it feels more as if the Dardenne brothers are approaching the paths of a mystery film and yet it still feels like something that they would be making at least when watching them address what they always play out in their work. As of yet, it stands as my least favourite of the Dardenne brothers’ films but even their weaker efforts (pointing towards Two Days, One Night and Lorna’s Silence) still are fascinating in some way, and The Unknown Girl is not any different of a scenario. Continue reading →

Two Days, One Night – Review

✯✯✯✯½

The Dardenne brothers have always been known for a very hard approach with the social realism that they tackle in their films and Two Days, One Night is no exception. While I would not call it one of my favourite films of theirs, what I can also go on to say is that it also has one of the best performances which the two of them have been able to acquire out of any of their films and that performance which I speak of is none other than that of the always wonderful Marion Cotillard. What also took me from a second viewing of Two Days, One Night was how it also felt so much more heartbreaking on another go, but all in all, it’s another Dardenne brothers film in the best sense of the word – it’s all as real as they keep it. Continue reading →