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on 17 July 2012
If further proof that Kristin Scott Thomas is one of this generation's finest actresses, this film is it. She's every bit as good as Meryl Streep, equally capable of the full range of characterizations. From the hard-nosed media hack in 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' to the sympathetic child killer in 'I've Loved You So Long', she goes beyond acting technique to become the character she's playing. Enigmatic doesn't begin to describe her character in 'The Woman in the Fifth'. She personifies the label 'seductress'. Ethan Hawke is remarkably restrained and convincing in this film. Both performances are worthy of Oscar nominations, which they likely won't get because, in Canada at least, it came and went with only limited distribution.

Because Scott Thomas works a lot in France (an English acting teacher told her to forget it, so she left for France and the rest is history) and is fluently bilingual (as is that other screen godess Charlotte Rampling), many of her films aren't widely available in North America.

It's too bad that she's best known here for 'The English Patient'; not a bad film, but she has demonstrated her acting chops to better effect in lots of other films.

'The Lady in the Fifth' is one of this year's best movies. If you're a Kristin Scott Thomas fan you owe it to yourself to see it. If you aren't, see it and become one!
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on 19 November 2013
This starts off quite promisingly - the Ethan Hawke character has come to France to be near his daughter living with his estranged wife and it looks like we are in for a tense drama especially as we learn the mother has taken out a restraining order on Hawke - he knows why according to his ex-spouse, but oddly enough, we the viewere, never get to know why - it's one of many sub strands that never manage to develop or gain a head of steam in this very disappointing film.

And what of the father wanting to build a relationship with young daughter? Pretty much left to fizzle out - another sub plot that never actually develops. This film is in fact all sub-plots with no main narrative to drive the sub strands. Hawke lives next door to a man with terrible toilet habits who is suddenly and violently murdered with Hawke the main suspect - but the real murderer is soon found with the minimum of fuss and suspense - yet another sub strand without any meat on the bones.

Enter Kristin Scott Thomas and another sub strand begins - for some reason which is never explained she assumes the identity of a dead woman and pretends to live in a flat that has been abandoned for years...mystery indeed, so does Mr Hawke set off on a quest to find out the reason why? Nah, he walks into a room a moment later to find Miss Scott Thomas and never mentions the bizarre behaviour and bang there goes yet another sub strand on its bottom - oh yes and for some bizarre reason Scott Thomas has kind of kidnapped Hawke's young child - oh yes because in yet another sub strand Hawke is also having it away with a polish waitress - confused? Yep, join the gang.

Like I said no trace of a main story that runs throughout this film, which makes all the sub plots very unsatisfactory. And the ending? Well I thought this was yet another sub plot - Hawke opens a door to be bathed in flourescent bright light - looks like the writer decided to introduce God into the film right at the end...frankly nothing would surprise me in this awful mish mash.

Overall hugely disappointing film with a totally hollow script.
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on 11 April 2013
Bought this because I love Kristin Scott Thomas. I'm afraid the plot is bizarre and strange, and I actually turned it off after watching over an hour. I just wasn't interested enough to find out what the heck was going on..... Give it a miss
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on 5 July 2015
I did not watch it all. More French than English, the subtitles were inconsistent, occasionally a flash of text, at times none at all. The film is dull, flat and a bit too 'art-house' for my taste. If this was on the TV I would switch off.
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on 26 August 2013
I bought the dvd because . Scott Thomas i in it and because I enjoy French cinema. However, for me, at least, I had no desire to put it in my permanent collection
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on 13 January 2013
This is a film that remains intriguing, thought-provoking, after leaving the cinema. I try to buy the DVD of such so that I can repeat the experience, watching out for more clues.
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on 13 November 2012
A well written, tense thriller. The characters are intriguing, the setting is convincing. The atmosphere evoked is chilling and uneasy. A very enjoyable read.
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on 9 August 2013
I quite liked the film, but it was nowhere near as the book and the plot varied from it, but they seldom are.

Regards.

Paul
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on 23 December 2013
A strange tale, the end of which left viewers guessing. I always enjoy Kristin Scott Thomas but this inconclusive tale,was
unsatisfactory.
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on 14 January 2013
Far too slow in the production, too much standing around with no action. Very poor. Could have been much better.
Do not recommend this dvd
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