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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
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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

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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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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[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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Moving Story of an Innocent Girl in Group Home
16 January 2012 | by holyspiritdrivenSee all my reviews

Samantha Morton's passion for this story is evident in the purposeful construction of the film. At first you will wonder what in the world is happening, but as the film develops you will start to understand that the lingering cuts are drawing you into Lucy's world. Molly Windsor does an incredible job of portraying the innocent little observer who is thrust into a wildly different world when she is forced to move into a group home. Still sleeping with her teddy bear she has to room with Lauren, a rebellious teen who takes Lucy along with her shoplifting, partying, etc. The film is a bit sad and doesn't really offer any solution and so you are left feeling sorry for Lucy and hoping she will not succumb to the temptations around her and last probably until she ages out of the system. Hopefully what this film can do is bring awareness to problems in the social service system not only in the UK, but everywhere and perhaps kind hearted people will be stirred to help these children.


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