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  • Actors: Harry Eden, Vinnie Hunter, Molly Parker, Keira Knightley, Nitin Ganatra
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon
  • 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: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVIP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,052 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Social realist drama set on a West London housing estate directed by Gillies MacKinnon ('Regeneration', 'Hideous Kinky'). Ten-year-old Paul (Harry Eden) is struggling to hold his family together in the wake of his father's sudden death. His mother, Mel (Molly Parker) is a heroin addict, and an opening scene shows Paul preparing the drug for her and handing her the syringe as she apologises for forgetting his birthday. Things get worse still when Mel turns to an old friend, Lenny (David Wenham) for consolation. Lenny is the main drug dealer in the area and has many other demands on his time, including his pregnant girlfriend Louise (Keira Knightley), a crack addict. Mel's behaviour grows increasingly unstable, and when the police start investigating the drugs scene in the local area, Paul realises it's time he took matters into his own hands for himself and his younger brother, Lee (Vinni Hunter).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 July 2006
Format: DVD
This film shocks and moves you at the same time. From the opening scene where we see a ten year old boy preparing his mum's "medicine", through increasingly desperate situations to the hopeful conclusion we see the insidious effect of the drug culture on individuals, families and communities.

It would make a good starting point for discussion about the subject matter, though the 18 certificate effectively excludes it from school use.

All the performances are excellent, particularly from the newcomer, Harry Eden, who is the heart of the film.

This film deserves a wider audience, so watch it and tell your friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 5 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Pure is on of the most emotional, har-hitting films I have ever seen. With a stunnng performance from youngster Harry Eden, whon really brings to life the seriousness of Drug addiction and abuse. Harry plays the part of 10 year old Paul, who is trying desperatly to save his mother from destroying herself through Heroin. Pure really shows how a young boy can take on almost anything to save his mother. Outstanding!
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Gillies Mackinnon's 2002 feature Pure is for me something of a disappointment. Now, I didn't expect Pure to necessarily live up to the standard of the director's 1996 film (and masterpiece), Small Faces, but I must admit I found this later effort somewhat devoid of inspiration. Maybe this was half to be expected given the subject matter of Pure - drug addiction in modern Britain - a subject which has, of course, been tackled many times before in recent British film, outstandingly in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting and Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen, and also more compellingly in the recent Eran Creevey feature, Shifty.

Pure's relatively unadventurous (and frequently overly sentimental) treatment of its serious material is all the more disappointing given the quality of the cast that Mackinnon managed to assemble. Molly Parker is (as ever) impressive as the heroin-addicted mother Mel, whilst newcomer Harry Eden makes a good fist of playing Mel's son, 10-year old West Ham United-addicted Paul (albeit with a performance not in the same league as, say, Thomas Turgoose in This Is England). Beyond this, however, much acting talent is wasted in what, for me, are rather clichéd (and/or superficial) characterisations - Geraldine McEwan as Paul's grandmother, (the great) Gary Lewis as cop DI French and Kate Ashfield as social worker Helen. Indeed, perhaps surprisingly, Keira Knightley is actually one of the more engaging performers here in an early role as precocious addict, single-mum and café worker, Louise.

Looks-wise, the film is nicely (and authentically) shot by DoP John de Borman, with some dynamic footage of Paul racing on his bike through the local market streets, accompanied by Nitin Sawhney's vibrant score.
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Few british films live upto this level of dramatic tension and relate you to the characters the way this disgustingly underrated masterpiece do. 5 stars for a rating and and another 50 for the attention it deserves. Grab whilst you can before it disappears into the purgatory of being deleted.
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By C. Haws on 10 Jun. 2009
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I enjoyed it immensly. Caught it on TV recently and had to watch it again so bought the DVD. I have watched it a few times since and recommended it to friends.

Thought provoking and enlightening. Sadly there are not enough happy endings in real life!
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