The Woman in the Fifth

Release date: 28-09-2012
Director: Paweł Pawlikowski

directed by Paweł Pawlikowski written by Paweł Pawlikowski, Douglas Kennedy director of photography Ryszard Lenczewski production design by Benoit Barouh edited by David Charap producers Piotr Reisch, Carole Scotta produced by Haut et Court, SPI Film Studio co-financed by Polish Film Institute distributed by ATO Pictures, SPI International Polska world sales Memento Films International

cast Ethan Hawke (Tom Ricks), Kristin Scott Thomas (Margit), Joanna Kulig (Ania), Samir Guesmi (Sezar)

colour, 83′

France, Poland, UK 2011


After losing his job, writer Harry Ricks decides to leave the US and move to Paris. He moves partly to be closer to his daughter who lives in Paris with her mother. Having no other choice, he takes a job as a night watchman for the Russian mafia. His only job is to press a button when he hears a bell. He hopes that the quiet nights will allow him to concentrate on his novel. A sudden twist in his life brings around an affair with a woman named Margit, who sets a strange set of rules for their encounters.