Broken 2012

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An eleven-year-old girl finds herself exposed to the inequities of life in this rite-of-passage drama directed by Rufus Norris. With her mother having left the family home, Skunk (Eloise Lawrence) now lives in suburbia with her kind-hearted father Archie (Tim Roth), her brother Jed (Bill Milner) and Polish au pair Kasia (Zana Marjanovic).

Starring:
Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy
Supporting actors Eloise Lawrence, Robert Emms, Rory Kinnear, Denis Lawson, Bill Milner, Lino Facioli, Zana Marjanovic, Nell Tiger Free
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Skunk is eleven years old when she sees one of her neighbours attack another one for apparently no reason. The attacker is the father of three daughters `The Oswald's' and the boy he attacks is the son of the Buckley family and he has `special needs'. Skunk (Eloise Laurence)is the daughter of a local solicitor Archie played by Tim Roth, he has a sort of maid who looks after Skunk and her brother, she is having an on/off affair with friend of the family and newly qualified teacher Mike Kiernan played by Cillian Murphy.

Mike is soon to start teaching at Skunks school adding a new dimension to their relationship. She has also met a young boy and starts to realise people are not all lightness and light. Meanwhile the Oswald girls are either bullying others, causing violence or being generally unpleasant with their mentally violent father only a step behind to dole out what he sees as street justice. As the lies mount, so does the pressure and an inevitable clash that had me guessing right up until the last.

This is a hard film to watch in places, the violence is visceral, you really feel that they are doing it and the acting is superb. Rory Kinnear as Mr Oswald is just amazingly believable as is Cillian Murphy, but actually everyone of the actors do a brilliant job in what must have been some very difficult scenes to get right. It only lasts for ninety minutes and I said `wow' when it ended, this is the debut directorial venture for actor Rufus Norris and he must have picked up a heck of a lot of tips when he was being directed as he does such an amazing job. I sometimes wonder if I am being generous when I give five stars but in this case it was no competition, easily one of the most engrossing films I have seen for a while - highly recommended indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
This film is a peek into the bi-polar reality of today's society. Filmed in the UK, we follow a young girl, Eloise Laurence, as she observes the life around her. She lives in a cul-de-sac of three families, all of them are Broken. One family across the street has a brain damaged son that the parents have no idea how to handle, next door a man whose wife died and left him with three young daughters, all self absorbed and start the lie that ends in tragedy. 'Skunk' as she is known, the 11 year old, lives with her father and brother. Her mother left home when she was small. They have an Au pair, a young attractive woman who lives with them. She is involved with a young man they all like, but that falls to pieces when, Martin, the young man becomes a commitment phobe.

One lie starts the process of violence, arrests, commitment to a mental institution and then great tragedy. Throughout this process, Skunk is trying to take it all, deal with a new school, a new friend and the lives of those around her falling apart. At times the film seemed too much. Too much for these three families, do they all have to go through life's turmoils and troubles, does no one get a break? The writing is superb, the acting top notch. Tom Roth plays Skunk's father, a therapist of sorts, it seems he needed to start with himself, his family, then the neighbors.

If this is a microcosmic of our society, we certainly need help. A good start is for parents and children to start with a trusting, loving relationship. This film can be pretty gruesome in parts, violent and emotionally difficult to take. Use some caution, we are all broken, and this film magnifies all of us.

Recommended. prisrob 03-01-14
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 July 2013
Format: DVD
A brilliant drama that starts when a girl of about 11 years of age witnesses a violent attack on an adult simple minded son of a neighbour by the thuggish father of three feral teenaged girls who also live in the cul de sac. At various times during the drama an event occurs and the next scene shows the events leading up to what happened, this is a very good technique to drive home the point the director is trying to make and makes the effect all the more real. The main thought I was left with afterwards was what a devastating effect a single family can have on all those who leave nearby. All the actors were superb as was the direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Broken is adapted from the novel of the same name by Daniel Clay. The novel is one of my all-time favourite books, and often I am wary of watching film adaptations, just in case they ruin the original story.

I was not disappointed by the film version of Broken in the slightest. Although there are a few minor changes, these fit well. The setting of the film is London, whereas the novel is based in Southampton, but again, this does work very well.

Skunk, the lead character is expertly played by newcomer Eloise Laurence whilst her Dad is played by well-established (and a favourite of mine) Tim Roth. Some genius casting here - these actors have taken two characters and completely made them their own.

The film opens with a breath-takingly violent scene, that sets the pace of the whole story. The gritty truth of life on an inner-city estate, and the difficulties for young people today are expertly conveyed.

An excellent film, and one I would recommend highly
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