By Matt Singer | Criticwire June 19, 2012 at 9:17AM
More and more films premiere on Video on Demand -- if they don't simply bypass a theatrical release altogether. Because VOD reviews are often scarce and hard to find, Criticwire created VODetails, a recurring column to help you figure out whether a new VOD release is worth your hard-earned dollar. This time we're looking at "The Woman in the Fifth," which sees Ethan Hawke return to Paris for a slightly less heartwarming romantic encounter than the one in "Before Sunset."
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig
Official Synopsis: "American writer Tom Ricks (Hawke) comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter. When things don’t go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit (Scott Thomas), a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events… as if an obscure power was taking control of his life."
"A rare film that leaves you wondering where it’s going, how it may end -– and afterwards, even questioning what actually happened. It’s an intriguing enigma."
"If you’re up for some narrative drift, you can just go with the ambiguous flow."
"Creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized 'Midnight in Paris' fripperies."
"I loved watching 'The Woman in the Fifth.' But the ending is both so oblique and so murderously obvious that I felt I’d been had."
"Great-looking but pretentious."