The Unloved

The Unloved

DVD - 2011
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A powerful and personal look at the strength and resilience of youth. Tells the story of eleven-year-old Lucy seeking refuge as a ward of the state from her abusive father. Placed in a tumultuous foster home, Lucy befriends her rebellious teenage roommate Lauren, and together they navigate the cold and uncaring world before them. Captures the subtle magic and melancholy of childhood while painting an honest portrait of a girl torn between a broken family and an inept social system.
Publisher: [United States] :, Oscilloscope Laboratories,, 2011.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE UNL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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Sep 18, 2016

Having grown up across the street from a group home, I can attest to the accuracy of the portrayal of the system. Accurate.

Sep 10, 2012

Realistic look at the vulnerable lives of unwanted kids. The pace is slow, but effectively conveys the endless waiting and emptiness of their lives. The acting is excellent.

Apr 04, 2012

While watching this film, I began to suspect that this film might be an autobiographical piece by Actor/Director Mortonson. The girl who plays Lucy looks like she could be Mortonson, and I was aware that Mortonson was of Irish decent. Turns out I was correct, to some extinct, Mortenson confesses in the Special Features. She grew up in homes just like the one in the film, until the age of 16, but says was more like the "Lauren" character, than Lucy. In UnLoved, eleven year old Lucy lives with her abusive father, until going to school one day and asking to "speak with my Social Worker, please?" after her father has just beat her with a belt for coming home without either the money and/or cigarettes he sent her out to get. Though the father is played by renowned actor (until Stargate Universe) Robert Carlyle, it is a bit part. He is only shown is flashbacks after the initial beating and then a five minute bit afterward. This film will surely be hard to take for some. There are no happy endings, only more harsh realities...or, perhaps not? Mortenson says she wanted to give the audience the sense of hope. That wasn't what I came away with, but then that may have more to do with my own life rather than Lucy's. Take from it what you get, but I guarantee, whatever that is, you won't regret having seen this film.

voisjoe1 Feb 03, 2012

Devastating story of a young girl from the UK whose parents do not have enough (stability?money?love?) to provide for her. Then we find that the state also fails just like her parents. A bleak story for those with the courage to learn what happens when the safety net for the poor is not as civilized as our politicians would have us believe.

Jan 29, 2012

36k at risk, 12k being looked after. unbelievable figures. I wonder how many of the 12k actually belong within the other grouping?

this moves really slow, i believe intentionally to accentuate the extrmeme's (whatever they may be bored, lonely, confused) something memorable may linger and then without notice be gone for good, abruptly.

a good drama, just a little too slow for my tastes, although understood.

Dec 03, 2011

I was employed as a Child and Youth Worker in group homes, and later, as a Social Worker in child welfare. I regret that this is an accurate portrayal of our corrupt social welfare system.

Nov 02, 2011

This is not a horror movie! I thought it was one from the photo.
Well in other ways it IS a horror movie. About child abuse and child neglect.
Slow moving.


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Aug 21, 2013

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