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.
Older woman & young man; might sound like Claire's Knee with gender inverted (interesting to see what this does to the comic element in the original) except in this intensely British film, all the drama is wrung out (mostly with grace) of the faux pas of not knowing one's 'place' (as part of, here, a romantic couple or a family, where, elsewhere, class would've made the whole) CONTD in comments
For her first feature Hogg began as she's gone on: documenting -- "dissecting" may be a better word, given these films' clinically invasive quality -- the English upper-middle class, awkwardly beached on the shore of its own excruciating leisure-time in an unconsoling simulation of conviviality that only sharpens the contours of its emptiness. Much of Unrelated is very fine: too bad its central secret is so lame.
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
A woman tagging along on a family vacation (whose relationship is on the rocks) could be a perfectly interesting plot line, but her slow unraveling, however nuanced, isn't compelling. Attention to the trappings of leisure doesn't lend enough depth. The build up to the big reveal is anti-climactic. The main character just sort of awkwardly exists, not offering much to make us care about her.
I really wanted to like this film going in, and it seemed to be in my wheelhouse on paper. I have an affinity for small ensemble films where "nothing happens" and it's mostly talking, but this was even a bit much for me to get on board with.