Unmade Beds

  • 15
  • Alexis Dos Santos (2009)
  • UK / Fr (SUB)
  • 93 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Rootless young bohemians search for emotional anchors in London's trendy East End in Argentine writer/director Alexis Dos Santos's sweet though slight mood piece. Demonstrating an idealism that matches that of its characters, this intimate indie traces the meandering fortunes of two angsty European expats (Fernando Tielve and Déborah François) whose paths briefly cross in an overtly stylised squat. Events unfold through a haze of alcohol, gigs and sexual experimentation, as Tielve arrives from Spain looking for his long-lost British father, while wistful Belgian eccentric François tries to heal a broken heart. Consequently, the tone veers between subdued reflection and quirky playfulness, as Dos Santos captures the confusion of youth, along with its vibrant optimism. Colour-saturated visuals and an eclectic soundtrack enhance the film's energy, creating an impression of freshness, despite the loose narrative's well-trodden themes and frequent clichés. Occasionally the material gets too self-indulgently arty but the way it lingers over the small moments of human interaction more than compensates.

Plot Summary

Comedy drama starring Fernando Tielve and Déborah François. Axl comes to London from Spain looking for his long-lost father, and moves into a bohemian squat in Hackney. There he befriends quirky Belgian girl Vera, who is looking for love.

Cast and crew

Cast

Vera
Déborah François
Axl
Fernando Tielve
X-ray man
Michiel Huisman
Mike
Iddo Goldberg
Anthony
Richard Lintern
Hannah
Katia Winter
Alejo
Alexis Dos Santos
Lucy
Lucy Tillet

Crew

Director
Alexis Dos Santos

Other Information

Language: 
English, French, Spanish +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Soda Pictures
Guidance: 
Swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD
Released 11 Dec 2009
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy
Drama