Unmade Beds

Unmade Beds

Alexis Dos Santos (2009)

15 Certificate


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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.


Two neighbours who live in the same London warehouse but have never met head out into the city on personal missions. Spaniard Axl tries to track down his estranged father, while Belgian Vera hopes to put her past behind her and forget an unhappy love affair. Comedy drama, starring Fernando Tielve and Deborah Francois.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Alexis Dos Santos
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Other Information

Language: English, French, Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Soda PicturesGuidance: Swearing and sex scenes.Available on: DVDReleased on: 11 Dec 2009
Drama Comedy