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Unmade Beds (2009)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

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Movie Info

Axl arrives in the UK to look for his long-lost father and instead is adopted by the bohemian Mike and Hannah who introduce him to gigs in English pubs and free spirit living. Vera is a French heartbreaker who strikes up a charming romance with X Ray Man until a failed meeting sets her on a quest to recapture traces of time they spent together by taking Polaroids.


Drama, Comedy

Alexis Dos Santos

Feb 8, 2011

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (7)

Director Alexis Dos Santos stressed improvisation, and his scenes have a lingering emotional rawness, but the handheld camera work left me feeling as woozy as the characters appear to be.

February 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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There's real promise in 'Unmade Beds': the photography is luminous, the direction loose but involving, the acting superb. But ultimately it's a joyless, indulgent film about joyless, indulgent people.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Overly familiar but endearing nonetheless, this coming-of-age indie from Alexis Dos Santos is most likely to appeal to those who recognize themselves in the story's lost heroes.

September 4, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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A lovely, somewhat messy movie about lovely, messy young lives.

September 3, 2009
New York Times
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The conventions of contemporary youth culture and cinema could both use a change of sheets.

September 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Despite some missteps (a parachute metaphor is particularly belabored), the film has an intoxicating quality.

September 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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If it weren't for the kick-ass pop soundtrack, with tunes like Hot Monkey, I would have tuned out long before the last reel.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Light and entertaining, if a little clunky at times.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Stay away action fans, this is not a film for you. But if you identify with the lifestyles of these characters, you might just find this small dreamlike film speaks to you.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

An easy-going, garrulous, likable piece.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

A keen, scruffy, colourful and buoyant film.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's refreshing to see a film about youth that doesn't resort to the clichés of drug abuse gone wrong. While its lack of narrative thrust can render it a little too loose for its own good, Unmade Beds still manages to charm and entice.

December 11, 2009
Little White Lies

Reminiscent of Francois Truffaut or Wong Kar-wai at their most romantic, this, suitably enough, has cult sleeper written all over it.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Beautifully shot on HD video and Super 16mm, this tender film channels the romantic spirit of Wong Kar-wai, über-cool soundtrack and all.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Occasionally the material gets too self-indulgently arty but the way it lingers over the small moments of human interaction more than compensates.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's rare to find a film that changes the way you see the world and puts a smile on your face. At least for a while.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

You could call the film either fresh and charming or hopelessly second-hand. There is, indeed, something there. But not much.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Rumpled, vague and possibly a bit whiffy.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent

It may be slight and more than a little fuzzy but there is a certain soulful charm to Unmade Beds that keeps you engaged.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Well made, frequently charming indie drama but it's not as emotionally satisfying as it should be.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Shot and edited with real skill, this warmly involving film sharply catches the perspective of two young immigrants with very personal journeys. But the script feels too tidy for the loose, relaxed filmmaking style.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Such randomness never amounts to anything profound in this vapid little film, no matter how much Dos Santos dresses it up with New Wave-inspired visual flourishes and dated hipster soundtrack cues.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Audience Reviews for Unmade Beds

images + (great) songs + beautiful/stylish photography.
although I enjoyed a lot Vera' storyline, the film is not much more than a mtv video clip. unfortunately.

December 5, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Axl: Did you ever wake up with the feeling that something really special happened the night before? But you can't remember what, where or who with. Like when you fall in love in your dreams and that feeling stays with you the day after. Even though you know that person doesn't exist.
    – Submitted by Ana M (3 years ago)
    1. Axl: How many people live here?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Vera: What are you thinking about? You always hated when I asked that question. It's a tricky question you used to say. That it's an illusion to pretend that we can bridge the gap between your thoughts and mine. For you, every person is like a planet and two different planets can never become one. Two people together will always be: one plus one. I preferred to think of us as bubbles, because when they touch, they merge into one another like when two people make love. But now I know what you meant. Two people together will always be one plus one.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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