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206 Ratings

The Girl from Nowhere

La fille de nulle part

Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau
France, 2012
Drama, Erotica


Michel, a retired math teacher, has lived alone since his wife’s death and occupies his time writing an essay about the beliefs that shape daily life. One day he comes across Dora, a young homeless woman, who shows up injured on his doorstep, and puts her up until she recovers.

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The Girl from Nowhere Directed by Jean-Claude Brisseau

Critics reviews

It’s a horror movie, with one or two genuinely terrifying scares, and the terror is effective despite or because of how humdrum the video photography and the airy, sunlit apartment look. And it’s a personal movie: when an ex-pupil greets Michel on the street and thanks him for teaching her “so much about Psychoand John Ford!,” she implies that he wasted his talents teaching mainly math. It feels like Brisseau the filmmaker… is here also confessing a guilty feeling of something wasted.
March 06, 2013
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When The Girl From Nowhere momentarily turns into a horror film through nothing more than a red light going off in a cleaning supplies room and the sudden-noise-scare emergence of a hooded figure with a knife, it’s a clear attempt to shock through a self-consciously pared down mode that can produce “magical” effects only possible through cinema, proving the point by generating an effective jolt.
March 01, 2013
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This whimsically metaphysical, dryly comic twist on Hitchcockian themes is also a drama of wisdom, experience, and philosophical transmission; Brisseau joins the modern cultural heritage—including Freud, Mahler, and Hollywood—with the miracle of emotional connection to illuminate the leaden banalities of daily life with the dark glow of the transcendent.
February 25, 2013
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