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Two-time Academy AwardA nominee Samantha Morton's directorial debut THE UNLOVED is a powerful and personal look at the strength and resilience of youth. Morton tells the story of eleven year-old Lucy (newcomer Molly Windsor) seeking refuge as a ward of the state from her abusive father (Robert Carlyle). Placed in a tumultuous foster home, Lucy befriends her rebellious teenage roommate Lauren (Lauren Socha), and together they navigate the cold and uncaring world before them.

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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Molly Windsor, Lauren Socha
  • Directors: Samantha Morton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QJOE44
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Here's a story about a little girl, Lucy, who is completely ignored by an absent mother and beaten by an unbalanced father. She's put in a home that is run by the state. The other kids in the home are older than Lucy and many of them are messed up. The staff is incompetent and dysfunctional, (and worse.) Lucy is small, powerless and alone.
At the end of the movie, which I won't spoil, we are invited to think about Lucy's future, and the multitude of kids who face a similar uncertain future, and perhaps the futures of our own kids.
The movie is convincing, heartbreaking and devastating.
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What happens to children that for whatever reason, cannot be raised by either of their parents? They go into a maze of halfway homes, orphanages, and foster homes. This film details the life of a girl whose mother deserted the family and whose father loses custody of her. She ends up in a house full of other castaway children. And in doing so is exposed to drugs, sex, and lots of unsavory characters. Molly Windsor carries this film. She plays a quiet bright "good girl" who just wants to be with parents but who just keeps falling back into the system because neither of her parents can really love her. I think Molly was picked for the part because she is so lovable and it is hard for us to understand how her parents could not put her life ahead of their own desires. The pain in her face is unbearable to look at and sometimes you just cry. This is not a happy film but it is one that needed to be made. This happens to a LOT of kids. And in all cases, it is heartbreaking.
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I found it superb, but it's not surprising this only had a limited art-house release: its relentlessly lonely feel will really grind you down. But I love depressing movies that don't provide much grounds for hope: I wish they'd make more of them.

I could have sat there and watched this depressed, unwanted girl roam through London for hours and hours without getting bored.
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This film is strikingly documentary-like, and very well-acted. The child actress whose character is at the center of the film also does a lot of acting that involves no dialogue... and the expression on her face, and in her eyes, is often difficult (emotionally) for us to 'experience'.

Others have commented regarding the gist of the film, and the events which unfold in it. I simply want to add some of my thoughts and 'reaction' to the film.

There is so much that is realistic about this film, and it can feel somewhat 'long' to watch, given the 'pace' at which things occur -- but the 'pace', and what takes place, and in the way that it does, is also part of what is 'effective' about the film -- you almost feel as though you're 'witnessing' periods of time in this little girl's life 'along with her' (in a way), and she isn't so much 'experiencing' her life as she is 'existing' within it -- as though 'doing time' (and during her one and only childhood, at that) -- which is part of the heartbreak in watching this. She is 'in' a system which is supposed to 'help' her, but she is all but 'cast adrift' within it, and must seemingly 'go it alone', in ways...and is practically 'invisible'. Despite the physical presence of various (and older) human beings, it is as though she is forced to exist within a kind of nurtureless 'ghost town'... and you desperately want to pluck her from the film and find her a loving home.
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Molly Windsor is superb. Don't know her real age at the time this film was made but if she was 11 years old as she states I hope to see more of her work. Her actions through out the film were out of the norm for normal every day children and shows just how I would think children in that type of setting might act.
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I love this movie! I'm not going to lie it is one of the slowest movies you'll ever see but unlike most people I not only look for action, suspense, thriller or gore I look for a story as well and as boring as a movie can be if there's a great story it'll keep me watching and this is one of the saddest heart wrenching true stories ever.
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I've loved this film for a long time. Watched again last night with my daughter. I wanted to her to see it not to make her feel bad, but to make her aware that sometimes that classmate in school who keeps to themselves, has no friends, maybe even purposely gets into trouble is probably navigating difficult circumstances at home. I want my kids to stop and think that perhaps there is a very good reason for their behavior and\or isolation. Before we watched it I warned her it was going to be very sad, but made a point to explain that the film was about the woman who made it and she is now a successful director. In many ways it's may be too heavy for kids and I was conflicted about her watching it. We did fast forward through the beating and the rape. It was worth it though. She really liked it and I do think it affected her in a way that she may now stop and think and talk to that "strange" or "quiet" kid. To extend a branch of friendship even if most of her classmates do not.

One thing I find a little funny. There are reviews that declare this movie is slow and boring. Well, my 9 year old happily sat through it and enjoyed it very much. I wasn't sure she would and would not have made her continue watching if she didn't want to. On the other hand if a 9 year old can sit through a slower paced art film that says a lot about adults who can't. If you watch every film with the expectation you are going to be "entertained" and get frustrated when you're not, there are going to be a lot of incredibly good films you'll miss out on.
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