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Unmade Beds (2008)

Fernando Tielve , Deborah François , Alexis Dos Santos  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fernando Tielve, Deborah François
  • Directors: Alexis Dos Santos
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EI2NT0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,103 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Young Argentinian director Alexis Dos Santos fulfills the promise of his acclaimed debut Glue with Unmade Beds, a sexy tale of two young people adrift in London. Axl (Fernando Tielve of Guillermo Del Toro s The Devil s Backbone) is a Spanish kid trying to track down the British man who fathered him 20 years ago. Vera (Deborah François of The Page Turner and the award-winning L Enfant) has come from France to get over a heartbreak. They both wind up living in a wild, bohemian apartment and embark on adventures of discovery and romance.

Axl finds out his biological father is a real estate broker and pretends to be in the market for an apartment just so he can get to know his dad. Vera tries hard not to fall in love she won t even tell a new boyfriend her name but sometimes the heart knows better. With driving pop music, nights of ecstatic dancing and mornings spent untangling threesomes, Unmade Beds is a dazed and confused tale of youthful possibility.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than I first thought February 11, 2011
Format:DVD
I hated Unmade Beds at first because I did not recognize it. I have revised this review so many times already that I hope Amazon will allow just one more. I think I can get it right at last.

At first, this seemed like a bleak and depressing picture of young people: of random, meaningless sex, total aimlessness in life, and grating, obnoxious music. They seemed more old and worn-out than young, more dead than alive, and it made me very sad.

But then suddenly I saw that they are exactly like me when I was their age, and if this movie had been made in the East Village of New York City in 1967 instead of London more than 40 years later, I could easily have been in it; and not one word, not one scene, not the tiniest detail would have to change. This is EXACTLY what life was like then.

The life it shows looks bleak and pointless to older generations (that's me now), but under the surface it is a life of unbelievable, matchless discovery and productivity. At the time I seemed just as lost as the kids in this movie do, but I look back on the late 1960s as the most glorious time in the history of the world, a time of unprecedented beauty, change and innovation. I trust that the generation depicted so accurately in Unmade Beds will feel the same about their own youth 40 years from now.

I especially recommend this movie to old farts like me who hate it at first: that may be because it hits closer to home than you expected it to. Let it get under your skin and see what happens.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hellls yeah. January 26, 2011
By Kaya
Format:DVD
As an avid fan of Sundance and IFC Channels, I caught this movie recently and fell in love! Anyone who enjoys indie film needs to watch this movie ASAP. The charaters are real and lovable and searching. The dialogue is poetic and thought-provoking, and the plot is full of fascinating motifs, like the idea of falling in love in your sleep and waking up confused. Watch this movie for the killer tunes if for no other reason, I was rocking out the whole time! (Check out: "We are Not the Same" by Good Shoes and "Hot Monkey, Hot Ass!" by Black Moustache and you'll see what I mean.)

Although Vera has an interesting storyline of her own, I immediately fell in love with Axl, who has an adorable mop of wild, dark hair and spends his nights getting wasted in a bar (called "Lost and Found") and listening to live music. The party scenes are great and almost remind me of the British drama Skins.

Go watch it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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With an appealing and attractive cast and a soundtrack that, at times, seems more relevant than actual plotting--"Unmade Beds" is one of those films that I suspect people with either love or loathe. Chronicling wayward youths on the streets of London, "Unmade Beds" unleashes its young protagonists in the quintessential struggle for meaning and connectivity in the modern era. Charting two central characters, each making life more difficult than necessary, the film has a chaotic charm and a likability factor that kept me invested even as the film's ultimate impact is slight at best. Thanks to realistic performances, however, there was enough going on to engage my interest and entertain me throughout.

The film's greatest asset is Fernando Tielve as Axl, a mop-topped ex-pat living exclusively within London's party circuit. Let's put it this way--if you don't like Axl, "Unmade Beds" will collapse under its own somewhat flimsy construction. But Tielve has an easy appeal that didn't alienate me from Axl's rather listless personal struggle. Axl's entire existence is getting completely blotto--to the point that he has no recollections of the night's events. Hooking up in a communal flat with equally free souls, Axl finally makes a bed to call his own. He is also searching for the father that abandoned him and his scenes with the likely culprit provide the most emotional weight within the film. We also follow the even more passive (if that's possible) Vera. I'm not entirely sure where her apathy comes from, but she is content to make life as difficult as possible. Finding a man she likes, she plays this game where they can only meet by happenstance and prearrangement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Phred
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Unmade Beds introduces us to three young people apparently getting by living in a cluttered squat in England, dabbling in several of the arts. An initial reaction is that these are ugly slackers aimlessly going about in an unattractive existence. As we get to know these people begin to understand that they are loyal to each other, attempting to understand themselves and sympathetic to the audience. This may be a generational movie with the younger crowd able to instantly understand these people. Director Alexis DOS Santos is able to make his characters appealing even to an older less tolerant generation. The artistry in this movie derives from the deft movie making that can seduce you into rooting for these people.

Axl arrives in England from Spain, seeking the father who abandoned his mother and his much younger self. He joins in with Mike and Hannah who either live in or run a semi-abandoned building where people can live rent free. It is never clear that any inhabitant of this building has any legal right to be there but it is home to 20 somethings who apparently come and go at will. Mike and Hannah provide for Axl something in the way of adult supervision and advice as well as a way to make money as a fellow artist - nightclub employee.

The practical side of their communal life is relatively unimportant except that it functions. The more important aspect of this movie are the various ways the three central characters fumble their way into a more adult understanding of themselves and life.
Axl is perhaps the most interesting character. Early on it is clear that he is a heavy drinker but once drunk experiences total memory loss. Given his age the tendency is to write him off as a late stage alcoholic. This will prove to be a misjudgment.
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