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The Unloved (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 17 May 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.

Director:

Samantha Morton

Writers:

Tony Grisoni (screenplay), Samantha Morton (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Windsor ... Lucy
Robert Carlyle ... Lucy's Father
Susan Lynch ... Lucy's Mother
Craig Parkinson ... Ben
Andrea Lowe ... Vicky
Karl Collins Karl Collins ... Karl
Johann Myers ... Johann
Michael Socha ... Michael
Darren Campbell Darren Campbell ... Darren
Kerry Stacey Kerry Stacey ... Jackie
Ladene Hall Ladene Hall ... Ladene
Penny Morton Penny Morton ... Penny
Marie Wheeler-King Marie Wheeler-King ... Marie (as Marie Wheeler King)
Lauren Socha ... Lauren
Christopher Russell Christopher Russell ... Connor
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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A Boy Like Me
Performed by Patrick Wolf
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User Reviews

 
Amazing And Harrowing!
19 May 2009 | by naughtyboywalesSee all my reviews

This was so well-directed and acted that it seemed at times like a documentary. Avoiding any clichés and easy answers it was moving and compelling. Clearly Samantha Morton is going to be as great a director as she is an actress. The expressionistic filming style and the long static shots reminded me a bit of Lynne Ramsay's work, which is a compliment in itself! I wish it had been shown in cinemas, as it would have won many awards in my opinion. All the actors were great, as i said above so naturalistic that it seemed at times like watching a documentary. Great performances in particular from the little girl Lucy, and the troubled Lauren that she met whilst in the care home. Highly recommended.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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