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Unrelated

A thinly scripted mood piece centered on an estranged fortysomething among vacationing friends in Italy, "Unrelated" doesn’t carry the viewer along with its protag’s emotional problems.

A thinly scripted mood piece centered on an estranged fortysomething among vacationing friends in Italy, “Unrelated” doesn’t carry the viewer along with its protag’s emotional problems. Shot in a static, uninteresting way, and with some awkward dialogue and performances, this first bigscreen effort by writer-helmer Joanna Hogg looks headed at best to the tube, where she already has a track record directing drama series.

Anna (Kathryn Worth) shows up, alone, at the Tuscany holiday home of onetime school friend Verena (Mary Roscoe) and her husband, Charlie (Michael Hadley). Anna’s frequent phone calls back home reveal all is not right with her husband and, with the bossy Verena more occupied with other visitors, Anna tries to hang out with the young ’uns, including the self-confident Oakley (Tom Hiddleston), who doesn’t get on with his father, George (David Rintoul). In its early stages, the script offers no help in sorting out the characters’ relationships and, between endless scenes of the upper-middle class Brits dining and carousing, Anna’s character remains an enigma until her final, awkwardly staged breakdown. Oliver Curtis’ lensing of Siena and its environs is the sole tech standout.

Unrelated

U.K.

  • Production: A Raw Siena production. Produced by Barbara Stone. Directed, written by Joanna Hogg.
  • Crew: Camera (color), Oliver Curtis; editor, Helle le Fevre; art director/costume designer, Stephane Collonge. Reviewed at London Film Festival (New British Cinema), Oct. 25, 2007. Running time: 100 MIN.
  • With: <b>With:</b> Kathryn Worth, Tom Hiddleston, Mary Roscoe, David Rintoul, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Harry Kershaw, Michael Hadley, Emma Hiddleston, Leonetta Mazzini, Giovanna Mennell, Elisabetta Fiorentini, Jonathan Mennell, Giuseppe Fiorentini.
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