The Woman in the Fifth

The Woman in the Fifth

DVD - 2012
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"American novelist Tom Ricks ... arrives in Paris determined to renew a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. When a longed-for meeting goes poorly, he ends up in a seedy hostel on the outskirts of the city. Unable to pay for his room and board, he agrees to work as a night guard at a warehouse for the proprietor ... and spends the hours writing elaborate, imaginative letters to his daughter. One evening, after he's invited to a literary gathering, Tom meets Margit ..., an enigmatic translator whose magnetic presence and worldly manner intrigue the down-and-out author. She seduces him, haughtily dictating the time and place of their rendezvous in the Fifth Arrondissement. Their passionate affair coincides with a string of inexplicable events, and slowly Tom's anxieties and inner torments begin to derange his sense of what's real"--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Flatiron Film Company : New Video Group, [2012]
ISBN: 9781422921739
Branch Call Number: DVD WOMAN I
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 84 min) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In English and French with English subtitles or alternate English audio track; closed-captioned


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Mar 21, 2018

Weird. “Too many questions are left unaddressed, much less unanswered, in its rush to a meager non-payoff.” Love Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas, but didn’t understand why they did this esoteric (or do I mean stupid?) film. What happened in the end? Why was his daughter left in a park? Why was he in a mental institution? And what’s with the bugs. 3-4 times the camera would close up on beetles or spiders.??

Samsung Dec 09, 2015

I'm surprised the community's opinion of this movie is so low considering how good the movie is. There is an exploration of living spaces, in particular the barriers different locked spaces have on our lives.

May 04, 2015

Totally lame. Don't waste your time on this. You keep waiting for it to get better, but it never happens. The best part was when it was over.

Oct 16, 2014

Don't bother. A pretentious bit of nothing.

May 14, 2014

This is definitely an art-house piece, with much of the plot unexplained and left to the imagination of the viewer. Some people will find it very annoying. However, it is still fairly well directed and well acted. I find it watchable, but it is not a great film.

harrybrowne Jan 18, 2014

Simply awful. Ethan Hawke is catatonic, the great Kristin Scott Thomas is totally wasted. Unintelligible dialogue and pretentious directing. Ugh.

Dec 31, 2013

Other than some great scenes of Paris there is not much to recommend this movie. Most likely the film does not do justice to the novel upon which the movie was based. There are no conclusions to any of the storylines leaving one bewildered at the end.

Dec 19, 2013

so what really happened?
is he still in his hospital in the states and this is a total delusion?
is the problem just france and he had his kst delusion in his awful hotel room or working space?

kevfarley Nov 26, 2013

A Euro-arty atmosphereicly confusing (...and teasingly unrewarding) 'intellectual' exercise.

Jul 29, 2013

I just didn't get it, didn't like it and was expecting more.
I am glad I didn't see it at the Bytowne when it was showing there. It would have been a waste of money.

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