The Woman in the Fifth

June 15th 2012
  • Thriller,
  • R,
  • 85 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Ethan Hawke, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joanna Kulig, Samir Guesmi, Delphine Chuillot, Julie Papillon, Geoffrey Carey, Mamadou Minte, Mohamed Aroussi, Jean-Louis Cassarino, Judith Burnett , Marcela Iacub, Wilfred Benaïche, Pierre Marcoux, Rosine Favey, Grégory Gadebois, Anne Benoît, Donel Jacksman, Laurent Lévy, Doug Rand, Tercelin Kirtley, Nicolas Beaucair
  • Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Writers: Douglas Kennedy, Pawel Pawlikoski
  • Producers: Carolina Benjo, Carole Scotta
  • Co Producer: Soledad Gatti-Pascual
  • Executive Producer: Tessa Ross
  • Art Direction: Michel Carvaz
  • Castings: Stephane Batut, Alexandre Nazarian
  • D.O.P.: Ryszard Lenczewski
  • Editors: David Charap, Elsa Fernandez
  • Makeup: Alexis Kinebanyan
  • Music: Max de Wardener
  • Production Design: Benoit Barouh
  • Set Decoration: Devi Tirouvanziam


American writer Tom Ricks 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, 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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Paris, France
  • MPAA Warning: Some sexual content, language and violent images
  • Production Budget: $8 million
  • Production Companies: Haut et Court, Film4, SPI International, The Bureau
  • Production Schedule: 12 April 2010 – 4 June 2010

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2012 Guide Analysis: "Director Pawel Pawlikowski's first film since 2004's acclaimed "My Summer of Love", 'Woman' played the festival circuit last year to a decidedly mixed response. Kudos was given to the way it was shot and its initial touch of mystery with the tone said to be akin to Roman Polanski's more esoteric classics like "Repulsion".

An adaptation of the Douglas Kennedy novel, Ethan Hawke plays American writer who moves to Paris to try and rebuild his relationship with his estranged wife and his six year-old daughter. It soon comes to light he has a history of violence and a not particularly good grasp on reality - he soon ends up robbed and stuck in a seedy hotel where things take a turn for the decidedly weird.

While the production was praised for shooting the French capital in a creepy and unusual way, criticisms were lobbed at it for being too enigmatic. Threads are left dangling, characters are near impossible to get a grasp on, and various bouts of hallucinatory imagery from red-hooded girls to insects are there to compensate for an ultimately unsatisfying conclusion.

Hawke's performance was also criticised, whereas most of the supporting cast fared better. The film will still find an audience on the art house circuit and later on video with ATO Pictures giving it a limited theatrical release in the middle of the Summer."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 November 2011: France
  • 26 November 2011: Spain
  • 25 January 2012: Belgium
  • 17 February 2012: Ireland , UK
  • 29 March 2012: Greece
  • 19 April 2012: Israel
  • 3 May 2012: Australia
  • 11 May 2012: Sweden