The Unknown Woman 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… 2008-05-30 Kseniya Rappoport Michele Placido
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The Unknown Woman (2008)

HEROINE FIX Xenia Rappoport in the politically infused Italian pulp exercise The Unknown Woman
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HEROINE FIX Xenia Rappoport in the politically infused Italian pulp exercise The Unknown Woman

Details Limited Release: May 30, 2008; With: Kseniya Rappoport

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

Originally posted May 29, 2008 Published in issue #995-996 Jun 06, 2008 Order article reprints
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