Childless and in a deteriorating marriage, Anna fears she is condemned to a life on the periphery of events. Everything she is discovering now, she has arrived at too late. A summer holiday, with the family of an old school friend, becomes a reminder of a life she has not lived.
Sexual tensions simmer and Anna believes she has found a second chance. But as events slowly unravel, and the strains within this affluent bourgeois clique are revealed, she has to finally confront her inner turmoil and sadness.
Joanna Hogg’s refreshing and original debut feature, about a woman in her mid-forties who arrives alone at the Italian holiday home of an extended bourgeois family, is a resounding comment on middle class sensibilities. Capable of wrong-footing the viewer at every turn, Hogg twists seemingly minor, everyday concerns in such a way that they become epic, achingly touching, often tense and quite scary. —BFI
Joanna Hogg (born 20 March 1960, London) is a British film maker and screenwriter. She made her directorial and screenwriting feature film debut in 2007 with Unrelated.
After leaving school in the late 1970s, Hogg worked as a photographer and began to make experimental super 8 films after borrowing a camera from Derek Jarman, who became an early mentor after a chance meeting in Patisserie Valerie in Soho. One of these, a film about a kinetic sculpture by artist Ron Haselden, won her a place to study direction at the National Film and Television School. Her graduation piece Caprice starred a then unknown Tilda Swinton. On graduation, Hogg directed several music videos for artists such as Alison Moyet, and won her first television commission writing and directing a programme segment for Janet Street Porter’s Channel Four series Network 7, Flesh + Blood. In the 1990s, Hogg directed episodes of London Bridge, Casualty and London’s Burning. She also directed the EastEnders special… read more
Pity about some of the dialogue and performances, which descend into unrealistic theatrics at times, but still a wonderful film. Looks beautiful, and was shot on a Sony Z1 HDV camcorder!
i was not really happy with the "vicky christina barcelona"-like ending, with the woman redescending into the comfort zone of a creaky relationship, but overall the film is no less than great. i liked the way it presented the incipient, evanescent stages of a feeling, its quick diappearance, a burgeoning evasive and slippery like a dream. nothing happened, yet so much. if i were to choose a color palette best to suit
it would probably impressionism-related, with that vaporous haze of tints of which you cannot say exactly if they are there orare just the optical result of two adjacent zones of color. the film plays with incertitudes, with transient melancholies, with the cloud-like instability of developing affects. compared to it, the films that depict the whole a-z development of a relationship, with the ensuing tragi-comical consequences seems to be painted in the violent reds of a baroque hazard.
The character relationships present here are very unusual for a film but really refreshing and among the open sea of polished off blockbusters, this is hugely creative. It’s good to know that there… read review
I saw Unrlelated on dvd recently after seeing Archipelago at the cinema (Joanna Hogg’s second film) and much preferred Unrelated. I think because the lead character of Anna (brilliantly played by… read review