Unmade Beds (2009)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 833
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.
Jan 16, 2009 Wide
Feb 8, 2011
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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.
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.
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.
A lovely, somewhat messy movie about lovely, messy young lives.
The conventions of contemporary youth culture and cinema could both use a change of sheets.
Despite some missteps (a parachute metaphor is particularly belabored), the film has an intoxicating quality.
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.
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.
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.
Reminiscent of Francois Truffaut or Wong Kar-wai at their most romantic, this, suitably enough, has cult sleeper written all over it.
Beautifully shot on HD video and Super 16mm, this tender film channels the romantic spirit of Wong Kar-wai, über-cool soundtrack and all.
Occasionally the material gets too self-indulgently arty but the way it lingers over the small moments of human interaction more than compensates.
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.
You could call the film either fresh and charming or hopelessly second-hand. There is, indeed, something there. But not much.
It may be slight and more than a little fuzzy but there is a certain soulful charm to Unmade Beds that keeps you engaged.
Well made, frequently charming indie drama but it's not as emotionally satisfying as it should be.
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.
Audience Reviews for Unmade Beds
- 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.
- Axl: How many people live here?
- 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.
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