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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A lovely, somewhat messy movie about lovely, messy young lives.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Has a lively, romantic spirit that recalls the playfulness and spontaneity of the French New Wave.
| Original Score: 3/4