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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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Critic Reviews for Unrelated

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2)

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

    June 26, 2014 | 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
  • 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…
  • 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.

    September 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Unrelated is an emotionally and sometimes wince-inducingly acute debut from British director Joanna Hogg that looks and feels and sounds like few other British films.

    September 19, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

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

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  • Feb 25, 2009
    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.
    Gordon A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2009
    a older women having marriage problems, while away visiting friends in europe falls for a much younger man, whos the son to friends shes with, trying to sort her marriage and seriously getting feelngs for the man as they draw closer, but then how she can ruin it all, and the moment passes very well acted drama, showing the situation well, the french countryside looks very nice and, the story flows well
    scott g Super Reviewer

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