The Unloved (2009)
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Two-time Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton's directorial debut THE UNLOVED is a powerful and personal look at the strength and resilience of youth. Morton tells the story of eleven-year-old Lucy (newcomer Molly Windsor) seeking refuge as a ward of the state from her abusive father (Robert Carlyle). Placed in a tumultuous foster home, Lucy befriends her rebellious teenage roommate Lauren (Lauren Socha), and together they navigate the cold and uncaring world before them. With a screenplay by
May 6, 2009 Wide
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Windsor's taciturn and stoic central performance is both haunting and affecting, framed by Morton's deliberate, even stately direction.
As an overall representation of horrors, neglect, and personal solace, it's frustratingly static, often preferring the cool waters of esoteric cinema to something more charged and insightful.
The Unloved is a promising debut for director Morton, but it's sometimes too sensitive where it should be insightful.
Morton shows a remarkable confidence as director of this intensely personal drama, which is loosely based on her own experiences.
Poignant, perceptive and unrelenting, this may be bleak, like all great drama, it is ultimately uplifting as well.
The camera is held at kiddie height, the close-ups are all Lucy's, and the adult world is viewed with deep suspicion as a cold and unforgiving place. It's a tough watch, and justifiably uncompromising.
The climactic scene, in which Morton's heroine confronts her mum, is one of the most quietly gut-wrenching things I've seen in years.
Funny, real, poetic and frightening, not the gruelling tract about neglect you might expect.
This is clearly a very personal film; sensibly sustained through a vérité aesthetic that keeps the narrative potent, but not overbearing.
Realised with impeccable craftsmanship, Samantha Morton's directorial debut never puts a foot wrong dramatically, although its unflinching stare at a young life stymied by neglect offers little in the way of comfort.
It's commanding, committed and sometimes too chilly to truly engage, but it's also heartfelt, powerful stuff - especially in Lauren Socha's passionate, painful performance as Lucy's lost-cause roommate.
Actress Samantha Morton's powerful directorial debut is an often painfully sad account of a young girl's experiences.
A movie with an important message and is an impressive debut from Morton.
Authentic and hyper-real, a reflection of a young girl's inner life that never strays into hysteria.
A few of the more lyrical touches don't quite come off, but in general this has a visual and dramatic punch that does credit both to its young star and its first-time director.
Not exactly an uplifting film but one made with genuine compassion and honesty.
Audience Reviews for The Unloved
- Father: OK, I'm going to give you one last chance. Where's the fooking money!
- Mother: Lucy?
- Lucy: Yes, mum?
- Mother: (while crying) Don't you ever, EVER be sorry about coming to see your mummy. Okay?
- Lucy: They stumbled and fell.
- Lucy: Lauren?
- Lauren: What?
- Lucy: Please,can I sleep with the light on?
- Lauren: No you fucking CAN'T!
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