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The Unknown Girl (La fille inconnue)

Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, who are the darlings of the festival circuit, deliver another emotionally wrought character study anchored by a tour-de-force performance from lead actress Adele Haenel. Dr Jenny Davin (Haenel) is horrified to learn from local police that an African immigrant, who banged on the doors of her surgery in Liege after hours, has been found dead on the banks of the river Meuse. The victim's skull is fractured and Jenny is consumed with guilt, wondering if the immigrant might be alive if she had only answered the buzzer and let the woman in. In between helping her nervous intern Julien (Olivier Bonnaud) to find his feet, Jenny decides to play detective and help the police to learn what happened to the immigrant. In the process, the doctor stumbles into the city's criminal underworld, where she rubs shoulders with unsavoury characters, some of whom turn out to be her patients.