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Unrelated

Directed by Joanna Hogg
United Kingdom, 2007
Drama

Synopsis

Anna, a woman in an unhappy relationship takes refuge with a friend’s family on holiday in Tuscany where sexual tensions simmer and where she believes she has found a second chance in life.

Our take

Joanna Hogg, one of Britain’s best directors, transitioned with this film from working in television to a new, completely unpredictable career in cinema. A penetrating and carefully balanced examination of the class that can vacation in Italy, starring Tom Hiddleston.

Unrelated Directed by Joanna Hogg
The ultimate Brits-abroad nightmare-holiday film… If this subtly painful comedy of manners isn’t teeth-grinding enough for you, try the male counterpart – Suntan (Argyris Papadimitropoulos, 2016) in which a doctor on a Greek island falls horribly in love with a carefree Lolita among the Euro-vacationers. Both films should come prefaced by warnings for viewers of either sex aged above, say, 35.
June 24, 2017
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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 18, 2008
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British cinema has forever been preoccupied with issues of class, but it’s been some time since such matters were examined with the piercing accuracy that makes “Unrelated” so bracing.
May 23, 2008
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What are people saying?

  • Ben Dooley's rating of the film Unrelated

    A truly brilliant modern classic of British cinema - about an attractive older woman on holiday with a friend's family who flirts with her friend's adult son (around 20 or so). An extremely well-nuanced script in its exposition of complex emotional scenarios - particularly around power dynamics of inclusion/exclusion and the fine line between these. Subtle visuals too - great use of frame and offscreen space.

  • InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film Unrelated

    Easily one of the best British films of the last 15 years! I've always tried to picture a Chekhov short story in modern Britian ... thanks Joanna Hogg

  • tidal waif's rating of the film Unrelated

    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

  • Renton47's rating of the film Unrelated

    Naturalism is one of the things I find hardest to define in cinema. You could say the Dardenne's have it but it looks quite different to the naturalism on display here. At times it genuinely seems as though Hogg has captured a documentary scene. It has a beautiful unfurling of character, an individual both liberated and embarrassing at once. Only in a final reveal does it seem to take an 'easy' option.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Unrelated

    Low key but quietly rewarding debut feature from director Joanna Hogg. While there may not be much meat on the bone story wise some solid performances cover up such downfalls especially the lead turn by Kathryn Worth.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Unrelated

    Very interesting and it is all about framing, really : being in a group but still just the two of them, being surrounded but feeling lonely. Space and framing. Because obviously you don´t need much dialogue to say all that. The crack-up scene and the very end are extremely accurate. A mature first film that feature a first female role that isn´t a young-attractive actress (how often do we see that ?). Nice surprise.

  • Jason's rating of the film Unrelated

    Extremely strong stuff. This is a neophyte director who has a particular vision and an uncommon ability to conduct a loose outfit loosely toward pinpoint revelations. A downer movie that produces uplift, based in how it is crafted, based on where it arrives, and based on the fact that is speaks to something in all of us. There is a scene of underwear shopping as heartbreaking as any scene I have seen in some time.

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Unrelated

    WORTH is great & the cast excellent. But the film hesitates & never takes off, with many useless scenes. A tighter editing would have given a more captivating & less amateur result. === WORTH est formidable & tous les acteurs excellents. Mais le film ne décolle jamais, la réalisation, hésitante, se cherche, bcp de scènes & de plans inutiles, un montage plus serré eut donné un film plus captivant moins amateur. 2,5/5.

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