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Unmade Beds -- Two young immigrants' paths cross while squatting in London in this trailer for the drama


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Marianela Maldonado (collaborating writer)
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Release Date:
2 September 2009 (USA) See more »
The quirky story of Vera and Axl who both live in the same London warehouse but whose paths never cross until fate steps in. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A wonderful little gem that is close to perfection See more (14 total) »


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Déborah François ... Vera

Fernando Tielve ... Axl

Michiel Huisman ... X Ray Man

Iddo Goldberg ... Mike

Richard Lintern ... Anthony Hemmings

Katia Winter ... Hannah
Alexis Dos Santos ... Alejo
Lucy Tillett ... Lucy

Al Weaver ... Kevin
Leonardo Brzezicki ... Lucas
Sinead Dosset ... Alice

Tim Plester ... Bookshop customer
Florencia Braier ... Girl with Spectacles
Yannis Tsitsovits ... Young Man in the Pub
Johnny Lambe ... Boy in Underwear
Valentina Brazzini ... Girl in Underwear
Sotiris Panopoulos ... Guitar Player (as Sotiris 'Sitron' Panopoulos)
Daniel Smith ... Young Axl

Kate Forbes ... Costume Girl
Rosie Edwards ... Alice's Sister
Sharon Young ... Alice's Mum
Kai Milsted ... Alice's Friend
Mufadzi Nkomo ... Alice's Friend's Mum
Anders Berg ... Market Guitar Man

Heather Wright ... Female Estate Agent
Emily Joy 'Molly' Carroll ... Plaster of Paris-Band
Lewis Jones ... Plaster of Paris-Band
Joe Stretch ... (We Are) Performance-Band
Joe Cross ... (We Are) Performance-Band
Laura Marsden ... (We Are) Performance-Band
Billie Marsden ... (We Are) Performance-Band
Mike Bennet ... (We Are) Performance-Band
Connan Tent Hosford ... Connan Mockasin-Band
Lucy Hunter ... Connan Mockasin-Band
James Milne ... Connan Mockasin-Band

Directed by
Alexis Dos Santos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alexis Dos Santos  writer
Marianela Maldonado  collaborating writer

Produced by
Valentina Brazzini .... assistant producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Alastair Clark .... co-producer
Peter Ettedgui .... producer
Lizzie Francke .... executive producer
Soledad Gatti-Pascual .... producer
Jo McLellan .... development executive
Alexander O'Neal .... co-producer
Rachel Robey .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Jakob Ihre 
Film Editing by
Olivier Bugge Coutté 
Casting by
Shaheen Baig 
Production Design by
Kristian Milsted 
Art Direction by
Steven Blundell 
Jane Levick 
Costume Design by
Kate Forbes 
Makeup Department
Lily Beckett .... assistant makeup artist
Lily Beckett .... makeup artist: daily
Vikki Lawson .... hair designer
Vikki Lawson .... makeup designer
Rosie Octon .... assistant makeup artist
Zoe Stones .... hair & makeup trainee
Zoey Stones .... hair stylist
Production Management
Andrew Dearnley .... post-production manager
Felicity Leabeater .... production manager
Emma Murphy .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rachel Dargavel .... third assistant director
Courtney Getter .... daily third assistant director
Anna Griffin .... trainee assistant director
Mark Hedges .... second assistant director
Stuart Jones .... additional third assistant director
Dave Moor .... first assistant director
Art Department
Adam Ali .... carpenter
Lizzie Dixon .... property master
Alex Giles .... scenic artist
Ali Pow3rs .... scenic artist
Matt Wells .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Tim Barker .... sound recordist
Chinna Boapeah .... sound maintenance engineer
Philippe Ciompi .... foley editor
Adam Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Graham Daniel .... sound re-recording mixer
Jm Finch .... adr recordist
Jm Finch .... re-conform editor
Sue Harding .... foley artist
Rob Prynne .... foley recordist
Jake Roberts .... supervising sound editor
Kallis Shamaris .... adr editor
Andy Shelley .... dialogue editor
Jason Shurmer .... sound assistant
Richard Stockdale .... consultant: Dolby
Barnaby Templer .... supervising sound editor
Riky Ash .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Bowles .... focus puller
Rachel Clark .... trainee electrician
Chris Georgas .... gaffer
Merritt Gold .... focus puller: daily
Jim Nicholas James .... electrician (as Jimmy James)
Jim Nicholas James .... lighting technician
Terry Maskell .... electrician: daily
Russell Noon .... camera trainee
Dean Rogers .... still photographer
Andy Sauer .... grip
Paul Starkey .... best boy
Andrew Trewartha .... assistant camera
David Wyatt .... additional camera operator
Animation Department
Salvador Maldonado .... animation
Casting Department
Claudia Drakes .... casting assistant
Naomi Jalil .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheara Abrahams .... costume supervisor
Joanne Mosley .... costume trainee
Emma Rees .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Adam Biskupski .... assistant editor
Steve Knight .... digital intermediate technician
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Katy Piggott .... digital intermediate technician
Andy Richards .... senior digital intermediate technician
Gareth Spensley .... colorist
Gemma Townsend .... digital intermediate technician
Travis Dutch .... tape to film colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Valentina Brazzini .... music supervisor
Thomas Jamois .... soundtrack coordinator
Transportation Department
Michael Marks .... transport captain
Other crew
Emily Anderton .... executive: UK Film Council
Leonardo Brzezicki .... making-of crew
Vicky Chapman .... assistant location manager
Leonard Crooks .... head of New Cinema Fund: UK Film Council
San Davey .... script supervisor
Matthieu de Braconier .... script editor
Vincent Gadelle .... business affairs
Richard Godfrey .... location manager
Anna Griffin .... floor runner
Dan Hodgett .... location services
Adam Hughes .... production coordinator
Johnny Lambe .... making-of crew
Salvador Maldonado .... title design
Keeley Naylor .... unit publicist
Graham Sewell .... location manager
Ben Stoll .... script editor
Pat Storey .... unit nurse
Alec Thorne .... production accountant
Isabel Coixet .... thanks
Hareth Why .... thanks
Isabel Why .... thanks

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97 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Crew or equipment visible: When Vera goes to the cellar the camera follows her. At one point one door (saloon type) slams onto the camera, showing a bright flash.See more »
Vera:What are you thinking about? You always hated when I asked that question. It's a tricky question you used to say. That it's an illusion to pretend that we can bridge the gap between your thoughts and mine. For you, every person is like a planet and two different planets can never become one...See more »


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27 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful little gem that is close to perfection, 2 July 2009
Author: larry-411 from United States

I attended the World Premiere of "Unmade Beds" at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. This is the second feature from writer/director Alexis Dos Santos, whose first film, "Glue" (from Argentina), was one of my Top Picks of 2006 after having had its debut in Toronto. So naturally "Unmade Beds" was a must on my list and I had high expectations. It met and exceeded them.

The film stars Déborah François and Fernando Tielve (Carlos in "The Devil's Backbone") as two naivé young expatriots living in London, wandering souls in search of a home. Axl (Tielve) is also looking for his mysterious English father, whom he hasn't known since his hazy early childhood. His nights consist of drinking, dancing, and waking up in strange beds with even stranger people. Meanwhile, Vera (François) has her sights set on a mysterious man as well -- someone with whom she can spend a night without commitment. She is equally lost in a cold world where eye contact and a smile are a rare commodity. This is the big city, and it can be cruel as hell. Their goals are different, or are they? The pulsating indie rock soundtrack seamlessly blends with the live music performed onstage in the concert club which doubles as their crash pad. Some tunes are reprised, with common themes paralleling the pair's progress (or not) in finding what they're searching for. Watch for Tielve's mirror "performance" of Black Moustache's "Hot Monkey, Hot Ass!" It was a crowd pleaser in all the screenings I've attended, especially since its boldness is in such stark contrast to the puppy dog innocence he displays through much of the narrative.

The visuals are especially notable, as cinematographer Jakob Ihre captures the trippy, frenetic atmosphere of the concert hall. Using mostly hand-held camera and stage lighting, with its strobes on the dance floor flashing across his staggering frame, the viewer is made to feel just as drunk and clueless as Axl. Vera is constantly in motion as well, looking equally lost and vulnerable, as she glides through crowded London streets looking for companionship. The viewer is always a close observer, almost within arm's length. We want to reach out and hug these lonely strays but we can only watch helplessly and hope they'll each end up in someone's arms.

Writer/director Alexis Dos Santos has grown tremendously as an artist -- while "Glue" was mostly improvised, "Unmade Beds" is not although it still retains a loose unscripted feel. That's a tribute to his insightful writing as well as the sensitive performances of Tielve and François. As a team, the three have crafted a wonderful little gem that is close to perfection.

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