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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)
Alexis Dos Santos (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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Very few of us would've lost much sleep had the film itself remained Unmade; Dos Santos' meandering, adventurous piece failing to nail several issues in a fluctuating effort. 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
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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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5 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Very few of us would've lost much sleep had the film itself remained Unmade; Dos Santos' meandering, adventurous piece failing to nail several issues in a fluctuating effort., 10 April 2011
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

I suppose you might say if Unmade Beds is more resemblant of anything, then it is of a final year student's concluding major piece at the back end of their filmmaking course; the moment when everything they've learnt, picked up and observed along the way to now formulates together to create something to take away with themselves post-graduation. The piece as a whole teeters on a brink separating that reaction you have when you admire the energy and motivation that has gone into producing such a film with just coming away from it somewhat infuriated at its flaws and cheap tricks. Take the instance in which one of the more dopier, or at least dopier sounding, supporting characters brings to our awareness the duality he believes he shares with another young man whom he's taken in for the duration of the film: he establishes a sharing sense of duel-existence more broadly linked to that of not really being able to make that move across a proverbial line, and commit oneself to dealing with a problem - and that either of their respective problems reflect one another's. "Don't jump until you're able to jump" the supporting act says; moments as such, apart from the fact very rarely is there any link or connection at all if the characters within the piece must verbally illustrate that there is, places the film out on a line knowing full well there will be those that'll scoff at such items or might actually be drawn into appreciation.

The film follows two differing people on separate strands, frizzy haired Axl (Tielve) is one of them; a Spaniard from Madrid (where else in Spain?) whom has arrived in a more down-trodden part of London (where else in England?) in order to seek out his father who left both he and his mother when he was an infant. Meanwhile, Belgian (what, not French?) young-adult Vera (François) is already based in said city and goes from day to day seeking out new male partners whilst seemingly trying to battle past-mental illness. Whilst depicting these two people and their stories; the early exchanges are punchuated by these voice-overs, the sorts of voice-overs in which the mouths of the artists have been barely centimetres away at the time of recording and of which carry these terribly hushed, self-aware, throaty and self-important tones.

Axl's arrival sees him fall in with a spaced out crowd, the sort of sub-culture that, and due to my own prejudices, I usually zone out of fairly quickly when depicted on film. The people, headed up by native Londoner Mike (Goldberg), are a droopy, drippy, hippie lot; the sorts of people whom smoke drugs, have spaced out conversations, get drunk, have cereal for lunch and attend nightclubs playing host to the sorts of bands whose members usually have hair down to their shoulders and play that biting variety of 'bad' music which isn't quite rock but isn't really pop although just seems to be embedded within the lives of people aged between 19 and 25. On the other strand is Vera, a book shop worker more preoccupied, it seems, with talking male customers out of purchasing books, thus supposedly hinting early on at respective elements of power she has over men. In short, we do not like Vera and we do not come to like her; an early sequence back at the humble surroundings she calls home seeing her move Polaroid pictures of particular men from her wall before boxing them up, labelling them and shelving them with many other boxes of such an ilk thus suggesting a track record of such activity. Her latest in anonymous lays, whom she targets and gets to know before bedding them, comes in the form of a gentleman her age whom works at the airport's security branch on the X-ray machine, and is played by Dutch actor Michiel Huisman.

Her psychological condition of effectively bedding these anonymous men and storing records of such actions, in what appears a cocktail of nymphomania and OCD, is made only more glaring later on when she speaks of her once-childhood tendencies to branch out into schizophrenia; dialogue of which sees her speak of a one-time imaginary boyfriend hinting at that very item. There is no broader study of any greater substantial ilk to do with mental illness, nor, far more alarmingly, is there enough of a sense of there being a substantial enough demonisation of the actions Vera engages in to warrant any sort of praise; specifically in regards to that of anonymous sex, something which needs to be addressed with the utmost care on screen if it is indeed to be explored at all. On occasion, the film's over exuberance to shoot the scenes of a sexual nature in a very loving, highly eroticised manner has it veer perilously close to that of mere pornography without ever coming close to tackling the crux of its matters.

The film's bravery or sensations of more majestic ilk that it is, in fact, about more than first appears rings false; the item of Vera and Axl being foreign is a misdemeanour: it is irrelevant and exists purely to have the film come across as something depicting something else with greater competence. One's mind darts back to 2005's Brick Lane as a film actually depicting life as a London-based immigrant in a complete and thorough fashion, Axl and Vera here might just as well be British. Unmade Beds is a wily effort, ambitious in its tone and general look as it depicts people rummaging through the lower echelons of a big city attempting to find a collative peace with one's self and life situation; but it is all too nettlesome and all too galling all too often to truly get behind without sort of wanting to wish all of those involved the best of luck with future projects.

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