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The Unloved (2009)

A film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger.

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Michael
Darren Campbell ...
Darren
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Ladene Hall ...
Ladene
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Penny
Marie Wheeler-King ...
Marie (as Marie Wheeler King)
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Lauren
Christopher Russell ...
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Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children's home. Through her eyes, we follow Lucy's struggle to cope with the system. Her saving is her self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over and protected by the holy spirit. Hers is a heroic quest for love, beauty and transcendence. Written by Anonymous

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Samantha Morton wished The Unloved to be filmed for television rather than for Cinema. The reason being is that she thought, as in her own childhood experiences with going to the cinema, younger audiences' might not afford the price of a cinema ticket. Thus, younger audiences' would see this production "for free". See more »

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Lucy: The Lord is my life and my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat of my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
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"Compassionate and commendable..."
14 January 2012 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

English actress Samantha Morton's directorial debut which she co-wrote with British screenwriter Tony Grisoni, is a British television film which was screened at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival in 2009. It was shot entirely on location in Nottingham. It tells the story about eleven-year-old Lucy who lives with her father in an apartment in England. After an incident where Lucy's father beats her, she contacts social services who sends her off to a children's home for orphans and troubled teens. At the institution she meets an older girl named Lauren who she has to share room with. At first Lauren acts with hostility towards Lucy, but after a while she begins to care for her and becomes a kind of guardian.

This fictional independent drama which takes a sharp-minded look at the care system in the UK is a subtly and acutely directed British production narrated from the point of view of the protagonist, which examines themes such as child neglect, alienation, coming-of-age, interpersonal relations and friendship. Samantha Morton's minimalistic study of character draws an intimate and heartrending portrayal of an adolescent girl who finds herself lost in a care system which treats her much like her parents, whom she yearns for every single minute of every single day, by pushing her away.

The fine cinematography by Tom Townend, the efficient use of sound and the naturalistic milieu depictions emphasizes the poignant atmosphere in this finely tuned, character-driven and semi-autobiographical film which is impelled and reinforced by débutant Molly Windsor, Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, Northern Irish actress Susan Lynch and débutant Lauren Socha's authentic acting performances. A compassionate and commendable feature film debut.


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