The Woman In the Fifth (2011)

Paweł Pawlikowski directs Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joanna Kulig in this Paris-set mystery based on a novel by Douglas Kennedy.

A writer stalks his estranged wife and daughter. Hides out in a flophouse above a cafe. Picks up work as a security guard at an underground mystery tunnel. Starts boffing an enigmatic widow he meets at a literary party. Murders happen. Lots of intriguing threads with flat resolutions. The journey is far more potent than the destination. Background noir. Pretentious soft-boiled. The acting and locations make this.


Perfect Double Bill: L’Appartment (1996)

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