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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 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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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

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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 »

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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Brilliant film. Christmas Party / Dance-off song, anyone?
17 May 2009 | by harry-potter-3See all my reviews

Saw this on Channel 4 tonight. 2 key words: Bleak & beautiful.

The acting during the bust-up at the Christmas Party was very realistic. The last continuous shot of the young girl on the bus home was very poignant. That image really stays with you.

If Samantha is reading this: Congratulations and well done on this great film. The subject matter was presented 'just right'. Coleen's music felt really natural (and, never forced). If you never direct again, that's fine, you can be very proud of this. I understand completely that this was something felt you had to do - rather than it being 'another gig' (like most directors).

Can you please provide details of all the music used in the film. The end credits text (font) was so small, I could barely read it! The subtitles didn't note every song, either. In particular, I'd like to know the name of track used at the Christams party - the one with the dance-off.

Thank you. All the best for the future :) HP


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Language:

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Release Date:

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