Unrelated (2014)




Critic Consensus: An emotional and astutely accomplished feature debut from TV director Joanna Hogg, with strong performances and impressive direction throughout.

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Anna arrives in Italy to stay with her school friend Verena and her family in their rented villa in Tuscany. Her partner Alex was meant to accompany her, but Anna tells Verena (at the last minute) that he has to stay in London due to his work. Over the course of the film it become apparent that Anna took the holiday to get some time away from Alex, following a heavy argument. The group is split into an unspoken line between the "olds," Verena, her new husband Charlie and Verena's cousin George, and the "youngs," Verena's two teenage children Jack and Badge, Charlie's son Archie, and George's son Oakley. Trying to escape her relationship worries with Alex, Anna finds herself spending increasingly more time with the teenagers, upsetting Verena. She joins in with their mild hedonism, even promising not to tell their parents about their dope smoking and a drug and drink-fuelled car accident in a borrowed car. The simmering sexual tension and flirtation between Anna and Oakley, the teenagers' ringleader, comes to a head when she invites him in to spend the night but he turns her down. Anna eventually tells Verena about the car accident, getting the teenagers into serious trouble and causing Oakley to have an appalling fight with his father. Totally rejected by the teenage group as a result, Anna leaves the villa and checks in to a local hotel. Verena seeks her out, and the two reconcile after Anna reveals she has discovered that she can't have children. She returns to the villa with Verena, is reconciled with the teenagers, and stays on for a few days after the rest of the party have left.
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Mary Roscoe
as Verena
David Rintoul
as George
Michael Hadley
as Charlie
Harry Kershaw
as Archie
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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

This is civilized human behavior captured with a clinical precision and accuracy.

Full Review… | June 26, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Mostly, though, Hogg displays a welcome desire to draw on global film influences and ignore the unwritten rules of what British cinema should or should not seek to achieve, especially in the realm of films about the monied and unsympathetic.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Time Out
Top Critic

Hogg works primarily with hypnotic, locked-down, wide-open compositions that seem, at times, to swallow up the people that inhabit them.

Full Review… | June 17, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

This is a drama that amounts to much more than the sum of its parts and, without doubt, is one of the best, and most original, British films of the year.

September 18, 2008
London Evening Standard

If Hogg can render the travails of a bunch of middle-class British holidaymakers a subject of interest, there's reason to hope she has some career in the making.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Independent (UK)

Scratchy? But why not? Scratchy sounds human. In Unrelated we almost hear the charcoal on the paper as the group portrait takes shape, filled with unknown actors helping to cross-hatch their own characters.

Full Review… | September 18, 2008
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Unrelated


As if from nowhere, a first-time British film-maker has appeared with a tremendously accomplished, subtle and supremely confident feature, authorially distinctive and positively dripping with technique.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

An obviously low budget (some parts are hard to hear due to improper sound staging) drama that is carried by strong performances, espcially from the supporting cast. I found myself enjoying it and drawn in, and it did stick with me afterwards and make me think. A drama well-done.

Jenna L
Jenna L

Art house style films are just not for me, because while this film was a "good film", it was boring and mundane. It's like someone just walks around these people on holiday with a camera and nothing really happens - plots are supposed to have a beginning, climax and ending and this film just has this slow crawl of random events.

Brittanie McBride
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