The Woman In The Fifth

Woman In The Fifth
  • Nominated: Pawel Pawlikowski, Gold Hugo, International Feature Film Competition, Chicago International Film Festival
    Chicago International Film Festival
    2011

A film by Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig

A college lecturer flees to Paris after a scandal costs him his job. In the City of Lights, he meets a widow who might be involved in a series of murders.

American writer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris to be closer to his young daughter who is living with his estranged ex-wife. Completely broke, he accepts a job as a night guard for a local crime boss. Stationed in a basement office, his only task is to push a button when a bell rings. The tranquility of the night, he hopes, will help him focus on his new novel.

His days become more exciting when he starts a romance with Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas), a mysterious and elegant widow who sets strange rules to their meetings: she will only see him at her apartment in the fifth arrondissement, at 5pm sharp, twice a week and he should ask no questions about her work or her past life.

When people suddenly start dying around Tom, he begins to believe that a dark force has entered his life, punishing anyone who has recently done him wrong. After the police accuse him of murdering his neighbor, Tom tries to use his weekly visits to Margit’s apartment as an alibi, only to find out that she hasn’t lived at this address for the past 15 years.

Hypnotic. —John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

Intriguing. —Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine

 

Technical Information

Production Year
2011
Countries of Production
France, Poland, United Kingdom
Languages
English, French
Running Time
83 mins

Past Screenings (since April 2nd, 2009)

Thursday, Jun 28, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm
Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm
Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm
Monday, Jun 25, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm
Sunday, Jun 24, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm · 2:00pm
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm · 2:00pm
Friday, Jun 22, 2012
9:45pm · 7:30pm · 5:15pm · 2:00pm

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