The Unloved

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Samantha Morton
Production: Oscilloscope Laboratories
  3 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

[ Birds Twittering ]

[ Girl ] The Lord is 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 up my flesh,

they stumbled and fell.

Where have you been?

I went to the shop.


[ Clears Throat ]

You've been away for hours.

Where have you been?

Just went to the shop.

I got distracted.

Look, Lucy--

I'm sorry.

I've been waiting for you,

baby, you know.

I've been waiting for you

for two hours now, you know.

Where have you been?

The shop's round the corner.

Where have you been?

I'm sorry, but I just went to

the shop, and I--

Stop saying you're sorry.

Stop saying you're sorry.

Just be honest with me.

Where have you been?

I just got distracted.

Where's my cigarettes?

Couldn't find the money.


I was walking there,

and then I got to the shop

and it's--

I couldn't find

the money in my--

Where's the money?

Lucy, I gave you the money.

I gave you five pounds.

Where's the money?

I'm sorry, but I just--


Stop f***ing saying "sorry."

Where is the money?

I don't know.

You've either got the cigarettes

or you've got the money, Lucy.

Where is it?

I've not got it.

[ Sighs ]

What are you doing to me?

I didn't mean to--

What are you doing this

to me for?

I didn't mean to--

Just be f***ing honest

with me!

Did you spend the money?

No, I didn't.

You spent the money,

didn't you?

I didn't!

You been away with your pals

and you spent the money.

I've been sitting here waiting.

[ Whimpering ]

I didn't. I promise.

You did! You did!

You don't just f***ing

lose money like that.

That's all we had.

That's all we had.

What am I gonna do?

What am I to do with you now?

You're gonna make me angry.

You're making me angry now.

You're making me angry now.

You've got one last chance.

Where's the money?

Where's the f***ing money?

[ Whimpering, Sniffling ]

I don't know.

Don't lie to me, Lucy.

Last time. Where's the money?

I'm sorry,

but I don't know!

I don't want to

do this to you.

I don't want to do this to you.

Tell me where

the f***ing money is!

[ Whimpering ]

What did you do with the money?

Where did you put it?

Did you smoke the cigarettes?

Are you smoking the cigarettes?


[ Blows Landing On Wall ]

What am I supposed to do?

[ Father Gasping ]

[ Lucy Whimpering ]

[ Father ]

Shut up!

[ Belt Hitting Lucy ]

[ Father Whimpering ]

You gotta learn.

[ Teacher ] Okay, year six.

Thank you very much.

That's great.

If you'd like to come to the end

of your writing now,

we're going to finish

your family biographies


I can't wait to read them.

So close your books,

get your P.E. kits and get

dressed as quickly as possible.

We're going for P.E.

in the hall.

[ Children Chattering,

Complaining ]

Quietly, thank you!

Lucy, do you want to go

and get your P.E. bag?

I forgot to bring my P.E. kit.

You forgot to bring

your P.E. kit?

But you forgot to bring it

last week as well, Lucy.

Why did you forget?

I just left it at home.

You just left it at home.

I need you to bring

your P.E. bag in,

'cause I need you to do P.E.

Okay, so next week

will you bring it in for me?

Put your book back in your tray.

You're going to have to

sit out this one.

Sit at the side of the hall

with Miss Jones.

[ Chattering, Shouting ]

[ Teacher ]

Okay, now once you've got that,

I want you to pick

a different three parts

of your body to walk around.

But I want you

to do it together. Some of you

have started to split up.

Okay, work together.

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Tony Grisoni

Tony Grisoni (born 28 October 1952) is a British screenwriter. He lives in London. His first feature film, Queen of Hearts, directed by Jon Amiel, won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Festival du Film de Paris. more…

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