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VODetails: 'The Woman in the Fifth'

Criticwire By Matt Singer | Criticwire June 19, 2012 at 9:17AM

Is this new thriller starring Ethan Hawke worth your VODollars?
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"The Woman in the Fifth."
"The Woman in the Fifth."

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."

Trailer:

Reviews:

David Gritten, The Telegraph:

"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."

Manohla Dargis, New York Times:

"If you’re up for some narrative drift, you can just go with the ambiguous flow."

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:

"Creates a nice sense of paranoia and multicultural bewilderment that's the welcome tonal opposite of Woody Allen's romanticized 'Midnight in Paris' fripperies."

Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline:

"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."

Lou Lumenick, New York Post:

"Great-looking but pretentious."

"The Woman in the Fifth" is now playing in select theaters and is available on demand, Amazon, and iTunes.

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