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Jennifer Brea

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About the Movie

Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself to document her devastating symptoms. Searching for answers, Jennifer discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome. Together, Jen and her new husband, Omar, must find a way to build a life and fight for a cure.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 28
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It powerfully insists on giving a voice to victims whose greatest challenge, apart from their symptoms, is surmounting a world of indifference. – Daniel M. Gold, New York Times, Sep 21, 2017

Fresh: Consistently involving, with content diverse enough to avoid the tunnel-visioned pitfalls of diarist cinema. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jan 24, 2017

Fresh: It's a film that's remarkably intimate, deeply edifying and a stirring call to action. – Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, Oct 2, 2017

Fresh: Using her own experience with the syndrome as a springboard, Brea offers an affecting film that, when made available on video, will be embraced by the millions suffering CFS worldwide. – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, Jan 24, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Too powerful to ignore; too beautiful to dismiss.

I can write a million words to describe the incredibly human, and incredibly insightful this documentary is.

This is the epidemic you've never heard of, the most common disease least known about: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (also known as ME/CFS). Jennifer Brea takes us to the deepest and most personal of places to understand and paint a portrait of the realities of having the disease.

Over 20 million people have ME/CFS around the world, and yet it's one of the least researched, and least funded of diseases. It's time for Unrest.

A profound story about what it means to love and be alive

Unrest is a documentary that opened my mind and my heart. It's a well-crafted story about a woman's journey to re-invent herself and to save her life and the lives of millions of others with her "invisible" disease, through her art and by becoming an activist on social media and in the world. Her husband and the other characters add humor and layers of meaning to the story. This film is poetic, well-researched, and deeply felt. Creative nonfiction at its finest!


UNREST is a groundbreaking film! Jennifer's transparency is so heartfell. It's a must see. I haven't stopped thinking of the film since! Truly remarkable.

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