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Unsound

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Oct 14, 2019
'Unsound'
'Unsound'  

"Unsound," the feature debut from Australian TV director Ian Watson, tackles the sensitive subject of self acceptance with great sincerity. The film is full of well-meaning intentions which, sadly, fall flat on the screen.  

It's the story of Noah (Reece Noi), a young, gay British/Australian musician who is feeling so unsettled that, on a whim, he quits the tour of the UK he is playing on, and flies back to visit his mother in Sydney. She is hardly the happiest of souls — she's still very bitter about her husband walking our on her and leaving her alone, not to mention the fact that her house is close to a Deaf social club whose nightly disco events have the music turned up way too loud.

Noah strolls into the club one night and bumps into Finn (Yiana Pandelis), a deaf transman who is having issues around transitioning and who wants to keep his hair really long, just like his recently-departed mother. Finn is not so much angry about his loss of hearing as with his supportive father and the other club workers, who all have their own agendas.

The connection between Noah and Finn is immediate, but as there is no screen chemistry between the two actors their struggle to form a relationship lacks conviction. These very different men are at crossroads in their lives, and seem to think that being together will help them find their own selves. It is a stretch to the imagination as well as to one's patience.

The highly emotional scenes is this melodrama give the movie an unwelcome soap opera feel, which is sad because somewhere under all this there is probably a good story to be told.

Roger Walker-Dack, a passionate cinephile, is a freelance writer, critic and broadcaster and the author/editor of three blogs. He divides his time between Miami Beach and Provincetown.


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