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A move into a new home is a chance to get a fresh outlook on life, but in order to achieve that renewal, it can be necessary to look back at the past or in on oneself. That idea is at the heart of UnPacking, an anthology series that shares the experiences of characters who are entering new living spaces.
UnPacking, created by Oliver Mason and Matthew Hurt, considers the idea of a move very loosely. One episode, for example, is about a tourist who finds that her vacation rental is not quite what she expected; another concerns a woman who must sort out a love triangle as she enters a new flat. No matter the characters in play, however, some of UnPacking‘s themes are universal. Its characters are often forced to make the best of a situation that may on the surface seem dicey.
Overall, UnPacking is technically exquisite, filled with fine camerawork and smart writing. The members of its ensemble cast, including Doctor Who and EastEnders vets, deliver strong performances as well. Five episodes are available online.
OTHER UNDER-THE-RADAR SERIES TO CHECK OUT
- Struggleing. In a web series about a young man’s foray into acting, the struggle is real.
- Cafe Sin Leche. LGBTQ creators in Spain have shared their experience with the world. Has English subtitles.
- Choosing Chastity. A relationship expert mulls over a decision in her personal life.
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