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Broken 2012

4.3 out of 5 stars (59) IMDb 7.3/10

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).

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Charlie Booty, Lily James
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Charlie Booty, Lily James
Supporting actors Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence, Lukas Fernandes-Pendse, Michael Fernandes-Pendse, Robert Emms, Rory Kinnear, Faye Daveney, Martha Bryant, Clare Burt, Denis Lawson, Paul Thornley, David Webber, Bill Milner, Rosalie Kosky, Seeta Indrani, Andrew Frame, Zana Marjanovic, Cillian Murphy
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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This excellent British film is not for the faint hearted. Set in a culdisac in an English town, three very different families, a widowed father with three out of control daughters, an older couple with a mentally damaged young adult son, and a single father with a teenage son and pre teen daughter.
A lie leads to a cruel beating, and things rapidly spiral out of control.
Excellent performance by Rory Kinear, and Tim Roth as the lone Fathers struggling to cope. A fine, delicate portrayal of the innocent, damaged Rick, from Robert Emms, and a wonderful debut from young Eloise Laurence, make this a film not to be missed.
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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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Format: Blu-ray
This is what the British film industry is all about. Small films, with a well chosen cast who can actually act, and fantastic scripts. This movie is a thought provoking, edge of you seat at times, emotional rollercoaster with random laughs. A must see movie
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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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Never a dull day on this cul-de-sac! Eloise Laurence is fab as the wise beyond her years Skunk in this gritty drama full of well sketched characters. Beautifully economic in its storytelling and editing with some effective multiple-perspective views of key moments. Loved the way it kept many threads of a multi dimensional narrative rolling at once and although it was tragic and violent there was always hope and warmth close to the surface. Proper British drama in the Loach/Meadows vein (if a bit more middle class)!
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