The Woman in the Fifth Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
“Intriguing” Slant Magazine
American novelist Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke, Two-time Oscar® nominee, Training Day, Before Sunset) arrives in Paris determined to renew a relationship with his estranged wife and daughter. When the longed-for meeting goes poorly, he ends up in a seedy hostel on the outskirts of the city. Unable to pay for his room and board, he agrees to work as a night guard at a warehouse for the proprietor (Samir Guesmin) and spends the hours writing elaborate, imaginative letters to his daughter. One evening, after he’s invited to a literary gathering, Tom meets Margit (Kristin Scott Thomas, Oscar®nominee, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), an enigmatic translator whose magnetic presence and worldly manner intrigue the down-and-out author. She seduces him, haughtily dictating the time and place of their rendezvous in the 5th arrondissement. Their passionate affair coincides with a string of inexplicable events, and slowly Tom’s anxieties and inner torments begin to derange his sense of what’s real.