Dardenne Brothers Re-Edit ‘The Unknown Girl’ in Response to Critics

The Unknown Girl Cannes
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PARIS — Usually applauded by international critics, Belgian directors Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne took note of the critical feedback that their medical drama “The Unknown Girl” earned at Cannes and decided to re-edit the feature before its theatrical release, Variety has confirmed.

The brothers, who have won the Palme d’Or twice (for “L’enfant” and “Rosetta”), said they decided to make changes to the film following “The Unknown Girl’s” world premiere in competition at Cannes.

The new version is seven minutes shorter and includes as many as 32 changes, according to ScreenDaily, which first reported the story.

“The Unknown Girl” stars Adele Haenel as a doctor who sets off to uncover the identity of a patient who died after she was refused surgery.

The movie was produced by the Dardenne brothers’ Les Films du Fleuve, Savage Film and Paris-based Archipel 35. Wild Bunch handles international sales on “The Unknown Girl” and has pre-sold it in most major territories. Sundance Selects will handle the U.S. release.

Along with Sean Penn’s “The Last Face” and Xavier Dolan’s “It’s Only The End of the World,” “The Unknown Girl” is one of the handful of films that competed at Cannes and earned mixed — if not harsh, in the case of Penn’s movie — reviews.

The Dardennes’ previous film, “Two Days, One Night,” also competed at Cannes and earned its leading actress Marion Cotillard an Oscar nomination.

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