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The Woman in the Fifth

HD   R Closed Captioning

Pawel Pawlikowski

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About the Movie

Based on Douglas Kennedy’s best-selling international thriller, THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH follows American novelist Tom Ricks (Academy Award® nominee Ethan Hawke, Before Sunset, Training Day) as he arrives in Paris determined to renew a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. When the 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 (Samir Guesmi, Tell No One) and spends the hours writing elaborate, imaginative letters to his daughter. One evening, after he’s invited to a literary gathering, Tom meets Margit (Academy Award® nominee Kristin Scott Thomas, The English Patient), 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 34
  • Rotten: 20
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Although Mr. Pawlikowski often shows Mr. Hawke in medium and long shots, the actor draws you close. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 14, 2012

Fresh: [Pawlikowski] creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized Midnight in Paris fripperies. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 13, 2012

Fresh: This pensive, seductive drama is full of devious strategies, which begin with its protagonist's name: T. Ricks. Tricks. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Jun 14, 2012

Rotten: A thankless lead vehicle for Ethan Hawke who's left largely stranded by writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski's opaque adaptation of Douglas Kennedy's novel. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jun 21, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Not worth a rating

This is the absolute worst movie I have ever seen. Horrible

It IS subtitled

Go into your settings and turn on subtitles - very good movie - worth it.

What's French for pretty good?

This movie isn't for everyone. The drama plays out metaphorically, and it follows a kind of dream logic that's easy to miss if you don't catch it right away. But if you've ever brooded over your art, and if you've ever suspected that whatever inspires you couldn't care less about your well being, you won't find a better confirmation of it this side of an Eliade novel.

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2012

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