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  • Actors: Penelope Wilton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 101 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Feb. 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B2ODMIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Facing imminent forced retirement Jean, a house-sitter on her last job in a beautiful country house, begins to live in the place as if she owns it. When fate brings two strangers to the house - Michael, a small-time thief, and Steph, a pregnant girl on the run from her abusive boyfriend - Jean discovers the family she has always wanted.

Together, Michael, Steph and Jean gradually take over the home and the lives of the owners of Walden Manor, creating an isolated, idyllic life for themselves. Although it's a life based entirely on deception and delusion, as the summer progresses, they find a security, happiness and freedom they have never before experienced. But when the past catches up with them, and the threat of discovery looms, murder is the only solution.

As the possible consequences of their actions become apparent, and the net closes in, the tension in the house leads inexorably towards a harrowing but inevitable ending.

A haunting drama which blurs the lines between good and evil, Half Broken Things is a dark, disturbing psychological thriller.

Half Broken Things is a 2 hour film for ITV based on the award winning novel by Morag Joss.

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Savonnerie on 14 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
A fine cast, very good locations and an intelligent script makes this a most enjoyable version of Morag Joss's psychological thriller. Those who loved that book will perhaps be disappointed by several changes made to the plot, but this was clearly done to bring in a wider audience. I'd urge everyone who likes a tense and dramatic story to buy both this dvd and the original novel.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By lastcoyote on 22 Nov. 2007
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Watched this when broadcast on ITV recently. I'd not actually realised it was based on an acclaimed novel by Morag Joss but now feel that I should definitely read it! What made me watch it in the first place was just the fact that it had Penelope Wilton in it. She in my opinion has an incredible ability to truly delve deep into her given character which always comes across clearly on screen, making you become completely involved in the story of which in this case she is at the very core of.
Actor Daniel Mays who i'd seen before in the superb 'Vera Drake' is also particular good and very believable, as to is actress Sinead Matthews. All in all a spectacular small cast for an absorbing tense thriller! Highly recommended! More British TV dramas like this please!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ian Millard on 18 April 2008
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This is one of the best films I have seen for a long time; certainly of British films. Interestingly, it was made for or first shown on British TV, not in the cinema. Real quality and with a thriller edge which just keeps on hitting whenever you think things are slowing a little.

The story is that a petty thief helps a heavily pregnant young woman to escape her violently abusive chavscum boyfriend, who then pursues them...they flee into the countryside and stop at a house which the young thief has seen as a possible sneak thief target in Country Life. The woman who answers the door of the lovely country house is just house-sitting for the Summer, her last assignment before being thrown on the scrapheap at 60.

Fate intervenes as the young woman gives birth unexpectedly. I shall keep the rest to myself, so as not to spoil the surprises, but I can say that this film will not bore you! Also, it does make one think about wider ethical issues, as well as issues of wealth, poverty, lack of opportunity for both young AND old in the UK at present.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Gallagher on 15 Jan. 2008
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You do want everything to be good, you don't tune in hoping for a lemon, but Half Broken Things is a such an exceptional novel that I couldn't believe this would do it justice - yet of course I also could not possibly stay away. I felt like they were messing with my own book, that's how concerned I was but now I'm going back to everyone I told about the novel and telling them to see this as well.

It took me a little while to get used to the cast; the book is very vivid and I had definite images of all the characters. But I think I just forgot about that, got caught back up in the tale. And in many ways it feels like its own thing; I stopped thinking about the cast, I stopped thinking about the book, I was just riveted to it.

William
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Nov. 2008
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My wife and I both enjoyed this rivetting movie.Great cast, great acting, and a nice plot. It gets slightly implausable, but it was still enjoyable. Worth watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. G. Jeffreys on 3 Feb. 2008
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Thoroughly enjoyable watch. Haven't read the book but may do now. Great location and cast. The suspense kept me riveted. Would definitely recommend the DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Dec. 2014
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This recording is a supreme example of how to adapt an award winning novel into a coherent, very watchable play. Nothing is difficult to follow here and there are no 'loose ends'. Both characterisation and acting are realistic and attention holding. It would not be an exaggeration to say that this has to be easily in the top ten dramatisations ever staged for television, always remembering that dramatisations are dramatisations and will never be able to precisely include every detail found in the originating novel. This can be a good thing because dramatisations can often 'iron out' the bouts of tediousness found in some novels, although I hasten to add, not here, because both novel and adaptation are masterpieces.

One of the facts of life that this tale so aptly illustrates is that the judgement between right and wrong is like the serpentine dance of a dragon weaving its way through a thorn thicket. It shows how easy it is to get cornered into acting irrationally and doing undesirable things. Even a murderer can be an essentially good person trapped into killing by a chain of circumstances. The dramatisation is so good that it enables us to empathise with all the characters, especially the lead three: house sitter Jean (Penelope Wilton), petty thief Michael (Daniel Mays) and escapee from abuse Steph (Sinead Matthews). All told we have here a thought provoking, all time great, very watchable production of the award winning novel .by Morag Joss.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Noble Savage on 18 Jan. 2008
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Having read the book in hardback some time ago, i watched the TV adaptation with some trepidation, but was pleasantly surprised; despite the compromises to the original storyline to allow for the new medium, enough was retained of the author's own voice to give this a strong identity, and the production values were high - great location/costume/set dressing, and of course a great cast who fitted well with the author's characterisations. If you've not read the book, or seen the TV film, this is a treat.
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