The atmospheric and erotically charged Breaking and Entering
reunites director Anthony Minghella with Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley
, Cold Mountain
) and the haunting Juliette Binoche (The English Patient
, for which she and Minghella won Academy Awards). Law fully invests himself as pre-occupied landscape architect Will Francis, who with his partner (Martin Freeman from The Office
), is heading a gentrification project in London's seedy, crime-plagued King's Cross neighborhood. At home, he and Liv (Robin Penn Wright), his morose Swedish-American girlfriend of 10 years, are increasingly estranged over the demands of his job and of caring for Liv's autistic daughter, a 13-year-old aspiring gymnast. Will, hiding his identity, begins an affair with Amira (Binoche), the mother of a youth who has twice ransacked Will's office. Amira is a Bosnian refugee with a fierce survival streak that is not above blackmail when she learns who Will is.
This is Minghella's first original screenplay since his little-known romantic gem Truly Madly Deeply. The dialogue has Woody Allen pretensions: A cleaning woman who comes under suspicion for the break-ins invokes Kafka. A prostitute (Vera Farmiga giving the film's liveliest performance) has a philosophical bent. Will himself ham-handedly explains how he much prefers metaphors to straightforward communication (he'd love this film's title). An art-house film with an A-list cast and wrenching performances, Breaking and Entering couldn't get arrested in theatres, but it is a fine addition to Crash and other liberal-minded "them and us" dramas. --Donald Liebenson
Love is no ordinary crime. A architect's (Jude Law) dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life, bringing him closer to the offender's poor single mother (Juliette Binoche).... Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella helms this film of his own screenplay, reunited with top-class actors from his previous projects The Talented Mr Ripley (Jude Law) and The English Patient (Juliette Binoche),