Bringing together the Oscar-nominated calibre of both Ethan Hawke (Training Day) and Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient) certainly sounds promising for writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest film, The Woman in the Fifth.

Artificial Eye have put out the first UK trailer for the film, with thanks to for the tip-off, and it gives us a look at the thriller and darkness that we can expect from the film when it arrives next month.

“American writer Tom Ricks comes to Paris desperate to put his life together again and win back the love of his estranged wife and daughter.

When things don’t go according to plan, he ends up in a shady hotel in the suburbs, having to work as a night guard to make ends meet.

Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into his life and things start looking up. Their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events… as if an obscure power was taking control of his life.”

The film is based on the original novel by bestselling author Douglas Kennedy, whose novel The Big Picture has also recently been adapted for the big screen in French, and is set to be released on 22nd July here in the UK.

The Woman in the Fifth will be with us much sooner on 17th February, which means we’ve got less than a month to go until it arrives on our shores. The film was screened at Toronto International Film Festival last September and was received with mix reviews, which is perhaps not unexpected for what looks to be an art house film. Hopefully its art house nature won’t prevent it from having a wide release next month, because it seems pretty interesting to me. Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

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