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Unknown Woman, The (La Sconosciuta)

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Source: Catholic News Service

Intriguing though often sordid mystery story of a Ukrainian immigrant (a fine Xenia Rappoport) -- haunted by her past sexual enslavement to a brutish pimp (Michele Placido) -- who, for reasons that only gradually unfold, contrives to become the housekeeper to wealthy jewelers (Claudia Gerini and Pierfrancesco Favino) and their child (Clara Dossena). Director and co-writer Giuseppe Tornatore's multiple award winner is stylish, suspenseful and well acted, if largely improbable, including its redemptive plot resolution. In Italian; English subtitles. Sporadic violence, including attempted murder with bloodshed; brief sexual encounters, some aberrant; torture; full female and rear-male nudity; a few rough and crude expletives; and one profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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