Russian-born Xenia Rappoport gives it her tragic-heroine all as an abused Ukraine prostitute-turned-sneaky housemaid in Italy in The Unknown Woman, Giuseppe Tornatore’s baroquely lurid and undeniably fascinating exercise in pulp with a political angle. (Message: Forced prostitution and baby trafficking are bad.) Women are sexually abused, flashbacks pile up like a traffic jam, and a hideous brute (Michele Placido) gets what’s coming to him. For his part, Ennio Morricone delivers a score that’s its own grand serving of aural prosciutto. B
Starring: Kseniya Rappoport; Starring: Michele Placido; Director: Giuseppe Tornatore; Author: Giuseppe Tornatore; Release Date Limited: 05/30/2008
Posted May 29 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT
- DreamWorks nabs film rights for Dennis Lehane's next novel, 'Since We Fell'
- Tracy Morgan does stand-up for first time since accident
- Mulder and Scully get animated in teaser for 'The X-Files' revival
- The most awkward 'Awkward' moments from 'The Big Reveal'
- Felicity Huffman's 'House of Moore' gets put pilot deal at ABC
- John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are having a baby
- 'American Horror Story: Hotel' premiere ratings high, but not as high as 'Freak Show'