Complete Unknown

Synopsis: This shape-shifting tale of the perils and pleasures of self-reinvention begins at a dinner party, when Tom's (Michael Shannon) co-worker arrives with an intriguing date named Alice (Rachel Weisz). Tom is convinced he knows her, but she refuses to acknowledge their history. And when Alice makes a hasty exit, Tom sets off after her. What follows is an all-night odyssey shared by two people, one needing to change his life, the other questioning how to stop changing.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Joshua Marston
Production: Parts and Labor
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min


So, Connie,

is that short

for something?


Technically, Constance.

No one ever

calls me that, though.


I got back a week ago,

and I was like, "Oh, my God,

where am I gonna live?"

Well, this is the room.

Ah, I was mostly traveling

on my own

but then I spent two months

with this amazing group

of botanists

-in the rain forest.

-Oh, wow.

Did you, uh, did you

take a boat on the Amazon?

I don't swim,

so there was no way.


-Oh, I love the light in here.

Yeah, it's nice.



Leslie, the girl

who just moved out,

she actually went to Chicago

to do Development studies.

Really? That's exactly

what I was thinking of.

I would love to do that.

I mean,

that or Environmental Law.

I don't know,

I'm still exploring.

[man screams]

What's your name, sir?

What's your name?


-Mike, my name

is Paige, I'm a nurse.

I'm gonna be

taking care of you.

Can you take a deep breath

in through your nose,

out through your mouth,

there we go.

-In through your nose.


Out through your mouth.

[audience applauds]

[in Mandarin]

[applause continues]

[woman sighs]

-Here you go.

-Thank you.

Barbara's already texted

asking how it went.

Oh, yeah?

It was sweet of her

to invite me to the wedding.

I don't know anyone here

outside of work.


So, you were a teacher

back in the States?


I taught for a bit.

And what did you teach?

A little of everything.

We don't have to, I mean--

-No, I want to.

-...if you don't wanna go there.

I want to.

-It's fine.

-I want to.

I was a teacher back home

for, um...

eight years, then I...

Then I came here.

And um...

[phone rings]

Tom. I'm gonna go down

and eat something.

Did you read the AgReport

on rotational grazing?

I saw it,

I haven't read it.

It's so full of distortions.

It's unbelievable.

That's why

I haven't read it.

Well, I'm writing Conners.

He needs to know

what they're producing.


-I'm being polite, I swear.


-You wanna come down?

-Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Just hitting send.

I want to see the fall

grazing trends.

I bet they conform.

Don't send

anything off yet, okay?

I promised to send a draft

last Friday.

I know, but I just want to

see the fall trends, Clyde.

This thing's

gotta be ironclad

when we go to committee.


Okay, I'll hold off.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Can you pass the salt?



Thank you.

It's a brackish lake,

and it has

this incredible reed

that regulates the salt level

and that allows

this one species

of leech to thrive.

It's the only place

in the world you find them.

They can't exist

anywhere else.


And you were dissecting them?


I pretty much lived

in a Tasmanian marsh

from the age of 24.

We discovered

that these leeches

produced a peptide

in their salivary glands

that might be useful

in treating cancer.


-Wow. This--


This sounds

like amazing work.

I know.

I mean, well,

I was really just

a lab grunt so...

I can't claim, you know.

-Sure, sure.



you do realize

that most of us

can't stand our cafeteria.



You know, I might not be

the only infiltrator.

Mm, there's like

a million lunch places

-in this neighborhood.

-I know, I know.

I just haven't had

time to explore

Plus, I'm out on Long Island

half the time.

Right. Hunting frogs.

Hunting frogs.

[phone buzzes]

That's the whole point

of how we laid it out.

You know, I started with

the conceptual framework

we originally agreed on.

And then I layered in

exactly how to handle

all the regulatory hurdles,

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Joshua Marston

Joshua Jacob Marston (born August 13, 1968) is an American screenwriter and film director best known for the film Maria Full of Grace. Born in Los Angeles County, California, he graduated from Beverly Hills High School. Marston worked in Paris as an intern for Life, then for ABC News during the Gulf War. He returned to the United States and earned a master's degree in Political science from University of Chicago in 1994 before earning a Master of Fine Arts in film at New York University.Marston also directed an episode of Six Feet Under, and Episode 7 of The Newsroom in 2012. Marston directed a segment of the collective film New York, I Love You. His 2011 film The Forgiveness of Blood premiered in competition at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival and competed for the Golden Bear. Along with Andamion Murataj, Marston won the Silver Bear for Best Script.In 2016, Marston made his English-language debut on Complete Unknown starring Rachel Weisz and Michael Shannon, which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released on August 26, 2016 by Amazon Studios & IFC Films. Marston is currently directing Come Sunday for Netflix. more…

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