Unrelated (15)

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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>4</span>/5

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Time Out says

Tue Sep 16 2008

One villa outside Siena, two fractured and well-heeled families on holiday and a woman who arrives late to the party leaving some of her sorrows behind her in Britain but still carrying excess emotional baggage…

‘Unrelated’ is the first feature from television director Joanna Hogg and is a surprising, sensitive and compelling study of upper middle-class mores and middle-age hang-ups. Hogg casts the unknown Kathryn Worth as Anna, a sad soul and old friend of solid Verena (Mary Roscoe), a no-nonsense home counties sort of lady who’s enjoying a break with her new husband, another male friend and their various teenage children. A hidden trauma is making Anna behave oddly: she drifts towards the kids and away from the adults, and is especially taken by Etonian Oakley (Tom Hiddleston), the oldest, whose maturity isn’t as developed as Anna’s behaviour implies.

The holiday setting offers a theatre in which Hogg plays out this intriguing study of a damaged woman whose surroundings and companions offer her few favours. It’s true that some of the acting and dialogue, at times awkwardly improvised, wanders from the precision shown elsewhere.

Also, Hogg is better at concealing than she is at revealing: the best moments are quiet and suggestive and a final, emotional unfurling of Anna’s crisis doesn’t offer the power or the satisfaction it should. 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.
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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Sep 19, 2008

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Joanna Hogg

Cast:

Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston, Mary Roscoe

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rose

Fantastic film. Utterly believable and fantastic tension between Anna and Oakley. It may have been slow moving, but that was part of what I so enjoyed. I also loved the trepidation you could feel as Anna joined in with the younger group- you knew she was kidding herself- but you couldn't help but understand her wanting to be included.

rose

Fantastic film. Utterly believable and fantastic tension between Anna and Oakley. It may have been slow moving, but that was part of what I so enjoyed. I also loved the trepidation you could feel as Anna joined in with the younger group- you knew she was kidding herself- but you couldn't help but understand her wanting to be included.

susan hall

I've just seen this in July2012 & it is brilliant, haunting & profoundly sad. I've been on holiday with people like that, God help me! Kathryn Worth was remarkable & Tom Hiddleston brilliantly, horribly Etonian.

susan hall

I've just seen this in July2012 & it is brilliant, haunting & profoundly sad. I've been on holiday with people like that, God help me! Kathryn Worth was remarkable & Tom Hiddleston brilliantly, horribly Etonian.

Jools

Only just caught up with this film. Utterly believable, subtle and brilliant, quiet acting. Kathryn Worth is remarkable and Tom Hiddleston is obviously a star waiting in the wings

Jools

Only just caught up with this film. Utterly believable, subtle and brilliant, quiet acting. Kathryn Worth is remarkable and Tom Hiddleston is obviously a star waiting in the wings

Jools

Why no reviews for this wonderful film? Kathryn Worth is achingly awkward, trying to present a face to the world and coming across as naive and sad and lost. Surrounded by super-confident public school types, at ease with themselves and their wealth, she cuts a pitiful, flat figure, hopelessly grateful for a bit of attention from the charming but flakey Oakley played by Tom Hiddleston who gives an electric performance. Understated but tragically real

Jools

Why no reviews for this wonderful film? Kathryn Worth is achingly awkward, trying to present a face to the world and coming across as naive and sad and lost. Surrounded by super-confident public school types, at ease with themselves and their wealth, she cuts a pitiful, flat figure, hopelessly grateful for a bit of attention from the charming but flakey Oakley played by Tom Hiddleston who gives an electric performance. Understated but tragically real

Jay

Yes, this film is "slight" - slight as the blade of a kitchen knife.

Jay

Yes, this film is "slight" - slight as the blade of a kitchen knife.

James

Beautifully photographed, great acting. Really believable characters.Look forward to the sequel

James

Beautifully photographed, great acting. Really believable characters.Look forward to the sequel

ym

Tedious and annoying characters. Cringed throughout the movie and couldn't wait for it to end.

ym

Tedious and annoying characters. Cringed throughout the movie and couldn't wait for it to end.

Peter R

Disappointing.Drawn by the enthusiastic reviews I found the film slight and unconvincing. How much more subtly this scenario might have been explored by a French or Italian director.

Peter R

Disappointing.Drawn by the enthusiastic reviews I found the film slight and unconvincing. How much more subtly this scenario might have been explored by a French or Italian director.

Mary A.E.

Steve H is right: this is a truly appalling film. It clunks along: tedious, poorly acted, uninvolving - with some very heavy-handed attempts to look and sound 'meaningful'. Can't understand why it is being so well-reviewed.

Mary A.E.

Steve H is right: this is a truly appalling film. It clunks along: tedious, poorly acted, uninvolving - with some very heavy-handed attempts to look and sound 'meaningful'. Can't understand why it is being so well-reviewed.

SteveH

Pointless and poorly acted (improvised?) low budget ramble into the holiday video of boring, unbelievable characters; I was happy when this holiday was over.

SteveH

Pointless and poorly acted (improvised?) low budget ramble into the holiday video of boring, unbelievable characters; I was happy when this holiday was over.