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The film is centred around the character of Skunk, an 11-year old diabetic girl, played wonderfully by newcomer Eloise Laurence. Skunk alone is having to deal with her mother leaving and school bullies, on top of everything else. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the cul-de-sac Rory Kinnear's character opts for fists as a solution to issues in his life. Broken's cast is rounded out by the likes of Cillian Murphy, Robert Emms and Tim Roth.
There's little escaping the film's bleakness too, and Britain isn't short of downbeat, gritty dramas that pose far more questions than they could ever possibly answer. Broken is very much one of them, but it does bubble somewhere near the top thanks to the quality of its performances. It's an uneven film, certainly, and some moments struggle to ring true. But it'll certainly stick with you for some time after it's finished. --Jon Foster