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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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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2)

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

June 26, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

September 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…

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

June 17, 2013 | Full Review…

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 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

The complexity of real life creeps in to comic, poignant and often uncomfortably emotional effect. A lo-fi Bridget Jones with serious balls.

September 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 19, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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Poignant study of trying to belong but always feeling on the periphery. Set in a french getaway, the lead tries to capture the spirit of rebellious youth she never experienced but struggles to marry that with the reality of her adult maturity and its implications. Rare foray into Gallic cinema territory by an english director which feels genuine.

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