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4.0 out of 5 stars "I could fall for a gal like you"
It isn't easy being Patrick "Kitten" Braden, an effeminate young boy who likes to dress up in his mother's clothes and pop on some lippy. But he has a wicked sense of humor and a penchant for story telling, and it is these qualities that allow him to cope with growing up in the puritanical Ireland of the 1960's and 70's, where everyone either labels him as different or...
Published on 23 April 2006

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3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong, unfocused and underachieving, yet somehow hard to dislike
Despite some highly enjoyable moments, Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto has to be counted among his sporadic failures. Working from another Patrick McCabe novel, this is no Butcher Boy. Following another maladjusted foundling at odds with the vigorous conformity of small-town life, this episodic cross dressing chronicle of Patricia Kitten Braden and "her" search for "her"...
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I could fall for a gal like you", 23 April 2006
This review is from: Breakfast On Pluto [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
It isn't easy being Patrick "Kitten" Braden, an effeminate young boy who likes to dress up in his mother's clothes and pop on some lippy. But he has a wicked sense of humor and a penchant for story telling, and it is these qualities that allow him to cope with growing up in the puritanical Ireland of the 1960's and 70's, where everyone either labels him as different or some kind of harbinger of the devil.

Ma Braden (Ruth McCabe) curses the day she took the deviant infant in when he was left on the doorstep of a presbytery. Taken in by the parish priest (Liam Neeson) Patrick is raised by the elderly Ma Braden who is infuriated by this wayward and unusual boy. Patrick realizes that anyone who doesn't like the fact that he cross-dresses just can't be his mother. So off he goes to London to search for the mother who deserted him.

The only clue to who she might be is that she bears a striking resemble to Mitzi Gaynor. In his mind's eye, he envisions her in soft blond curls riding on a red trolley car, and she becomes almost a mythical figure to him. Patrick's search is at a time of extreme conflict between the Irish Republican Army and British military and even though Patrick/Kitten abhors violence; he appears chameleon-like during harrowing moments and gets himself in all sorts of terrible situations.

Breakfast on Pluto has a lovely bouncy ebullience - courtesy of a terrific period soundtrack - and the dashes of fantasy are beautifully melded into the film's quirky humor and quick-witted irreverence. But the film is very episodic and a little over-long for this type of material. The pacing is good, and the narrative is broken up into lots of short, sharp vignettes that never allow the movie to sag; yet the essential conceit of Patrick constantly looking for unconditional love does get a bit repetitive.

It is the amazing Cillian Murphy who holds this film together and he is nothing short of astounding, and he also should have received an Oscar nomination. The irony is that in many of the drag scenes he looks better as a woman than as a man! It's a charming, understated performance, with Murphy expressing his character's androgyny as if it's the most natural thing in the world.

The supporting players also provide richly nuanced roles: Ruth Negga is excellent as Charlie who accepts Patrick without question and Stephen Rea is also good as Bertie the Magician, a sweetly sad middle-aged man who takes wandering Patrick under his wing. Punk-rock pioneer Gavin Friday is amusing as a '70s glam-rocker who also cares for Patrick along the way. Bryan Ferry shows up as a "john" with evil intentions, and Brendan Gleeson also gets in on the act as Uncle Bulgaria, who convinces Patrick to join him working as one of the Wombles of Wimbledon Common.

Although Breakfast on Pluto was released at the same time Transamerica, it was Transamerica that got most of the accolades - it was the better film. Yet, Breakfast On Pluto is still an offbeat delight, jammed with eccentric characters and spot-on performances. With all the troubles of the 1970's the IRA and the bomb attacks in London, Kitty remains the ultimate optimist, constantly bending reality to suit his own needs, believing that love will conquer all and hoping that one day he will realize his fantasy of finding his long lost mother. Mike Leonard April 06.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breakfast on Pluto, 8 Sept. 2006
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N. Wilson "nigel-wilson" (Bristol, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Slightly slow paced at times but none the less, Breakfast on Pluto is a beautiful and fantastic movie. The 1970's backdrop for the movies gives cause for a fabulous soundtrack which I whole heartedly recommend to you, the book which it is based on, however, I don't.

Breakfast on Pluto's star Cillian Murphy is to be congratulated on his brilliant portrayal of the character Kitten, a delightful and comical character whose story we follow throughout the film. Murphy's acting is simply charming; he really makes the character his own and plays the part magnificently.

Despite the tepid success received by Breakfast on Pluto in the box office, I would actually say to take a chance on the film. The story line is different to be fair, but change is not always a bad thing, and this emotional rollercoaster of a story is one of the most beautiful I have seen in the cinema all year. Kitten, Murphy's character, will one moment have you laughing and the next crying and then the next cringing in your seats before laughing and crying all over again.

I highly recommend this movie to you, and give it 10/10

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong, unfocused and underachieving, yet somehow hard to dislike, 8 Jun. 2007
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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Despite some highly enjoyable moments, Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto has to be counted among his sporadic failures. Working from another Patrick McCabe novel, this is no Butcher Boy. Following another maladjusted foundling at odds with the vigorous conformity of small-town life, this episodic cross dressing chronicle of Patricia Kitten Braden and "her" search for "her" mother and love in the Ireland and England of the 70s against a background of flared trousers, platform heels and IRA bombings is a much more optimistic tale. Relying on the kindness of strangers, Kitten's good nature even makes an unlikely guardian angel out of the cop who beats him up after a pub bombing in which s/he becomes the prime suspect. Yet despite the very different perspective, at times it almost feels like it's running through a checklist. Priests seducing their housekeepers? Check. Schoolboy priest baiting? Check. Mocking the paramilitaries until things get serious, serious, serious? Check. "I'm not a girl"? (One for the Jordan fans there) Check. Surreal flights of comic fancy to offset the tragedy and darkness? Check. Even the supporting cast feels like Jordan trotting out the repertory company of old favorites - along with Liam Neeson there's also the inevitable Stephen Rea, Ian Hart and Brendan Gleeson in a Womble suit. There's something just a little bit tired about it all.

It's a film that needs a strong, charismatic central performance to pull it all together, and Cillian Murphy's Kitten just doesn't quite work. He looks uncannily right for the part, with the kind of pansexual look you'd find in glam rock stars like Marc Bolan from the era if they'd gone that extra mile, but the voice is a real problem: aside from being so soft spoken that it's a good job the DVD comes subtitled to pick up what he's saying, it never convinces that there's a real person under the affectations and seems to leaves the wardrobe and makeup to do more of the work, resulting in a rather superficial performance. You observe the character but you don't care about her. Liam Neeson doesn't fare too well either, with only the latter scenes playing to his strengths as an actor and too many of his early ones emphasising his weaknesses. In many ways the film's real standout performances come from Gavin Friday's gay singer Billy Hatchett who Kitten charms right out of the closet and Ruth Negga as one of Kitten's loyal childhood friends.

As Breakfast On Pluto it ambles along in its overlong, unfocused way, it's hard to dislike - after all, how can you hate a film that uses a pair of gossipy robins as a Greek chorus? - but it's definitely a film that diminishes in the memory shortly after seeing it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality piece of work, 20 July 2006
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If you want to see a refreshingly funny film with some seriously good acting, then this is it. Cillian Murphy is great, a fabulous performance. I wish more films were made to this standard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, Kitten is from Pluto, 17 Aug. 2013
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Cillian Murphy minces and drawls in disturbing fashion throughout Neil Jordan's adaptation of Patrick McCabe's quirky tale of identity, love, lust and betrayal in 1950s-1970s Northern Ireland. Complete with cameos from Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea and Brian Ferry, a key role for Liam Neeson, and plenty of McCabe's trademark modern Gothicism, Jordan's film takes in IRA assassinations, the perils of homosexual love and androgyny in a pragmatic decade, the human weakness of the Catholic priesthood, and the hypocrisy of mankind, as well as providing plenty of black humour, as Murphy's Patrick `Kitten' Braden attempts to survive in a world that sees him as a freak at best, and a menace to society at worst.

The film works pretty well on the whole, and considering the complexity of McCabe's narrative is impressively faithful to it. The `comedy' commenting robins didn't really work for me, as the rest of the tale isn't quite surreal enough to accommodate such whimsy, however the end result is mostly satisfying, and is a reminder of just how relevant and original a filmmaker Jordan is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinderella was a boy and her shoe fell off and broke ..., 4 Dec. 2007
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Tender, bittersweet, dreamy, heartmelting. A fragile fairytale character walks in the nightmare of the real world. His existence simply makes this nightmare look beautiful and stylish. SHe is different, a piece of expensive jewlerry thrown in the gutter, an angel with broken wings thrown in hell, a marshmellow that fell from a poor boy's hand, a broken discoball covered in ashes, on the floor of a burnt nightclub. I saw it twice in the same day and watched the theatrical trailer over and over again. It is by far the most touching movie I have ever seen. The word beautiful is not enough to describe this piece of art.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly surreal, funny and deeply moving., 6 Mar. 2015
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Amazing film. Cillian Murphy shows was a class act he is. His portrayal of Kitten is memorable, not least for a couple of fabulous set pieces. Gotta watch this just for the cavorting wombles ( a nice cameo from Brendon Gleeson here too). The film also blends the realistic with flights of Kitten's fancy. Her secret agent fantasy is played hilariously by Murphy, and he looks too good in a skintight patent jumpsuit. The story follows Patrick Brady's coming of age journey from Ireland to London, in search of his mammy. Along the way he becomes Kitten, encountering a number of questionable love interests, including Gavin Friday, Stephen Frears and Bryan Ferry. We, like Kitten, are plunged into the 70s, navigating the partisan politics of The Troubles and the sugary androgenous pop scene of the time. A surreal mix but ultimately a ride. A brilliant film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film of all times, 18 Nov. 2011
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I cannot really describe how amazing this film is. I can only say one or two things. One, it lifts the viewer from a consumer to a person, a political being, as we are all supposed to be at our best. But not in a militant and angry way, even though the character's trauma is there. It's admirable. Second, Farewell to my Concubine used to be my all time favourite, now it comes after this. I am touched and moved and happy. Third place for my all time favourites, or closely with the second one, Das Leben den Anderen. If anything of this sounds familiar, this is a film for you. In my opinion, this is as deep and wonderful as it gets, one occasion of art I'm happy to have witnessed in my lifetime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light as Air,But with a Heart, 17 April 2010
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Stephanie De Pue (Wilmington, NC USA) - See all my reviews
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"Breakfast on Pluto," (2004),another triumph from Irish director Neil Jordan,(The Crying Game [DVD] [1992]), was made with support from both the Irish, and Northern Irish film boards. It has a light, jokey style, plenty of wit, and a sound track that refracts ironically from the action. And then there are those robins, slurping up the cream from the milk bottles, commenting on the human action around them, and quoting --gay--Anglo-Irish humorist/playwright Oscar Wilde. But at its heart,this film couldn't be more serious.

The movie was based on a best-selling, raucous novel by Patrick Mc Cabe; Mc Cabe and Jordan wrote the film script. It was filmed on location, in the lovely countryside of Co. Kilkenny, and London. It's set during the swinging late 1960's/ early 70s of that city, a period that, in addition to nifty clothes and cars, also, unfortunately, saw a lot of Irish Republican Army terrorist activity.

The gorgeous Cillian Murphy (Red Eye [DVD]) stars -- if you think he's cute as a boy, you ought to see him as a girl. He gives a remarkable performance as Patrick Braden, who prefers to be known as Kitten, and has a way with a sewing machine. He really deserved at least an Oscar nomination for this job, but had to settle for a Golden Globe nomination. Patrick is a foundling, left in a basket on the doorstep of the local church, where Liam Neeson (Taken [DVD] [2008]), plays the Father Liam, the priest who finds him and quite likely fathered him. Or so the village, and the robins think, on his lovely young one-time housekeeper, said to resemble the American actress Mitzi Gaynor. Braden's stepmother, Mrs. Braden, is played by Ruth Mc Cabe,(The Snapper [1993] [VHS]) who has pretty much grown up on camera. Author of the book, Patrick Mc Cabe, plays one of the boy Patrick's less than-happy-with-the-boy school teachers: for it seems that nobody can keep young Patrick out of girl's clothes and makeup.

Well, eventually young Patrick must leave the charming village of his birth, of course, and start making his way to London, to which his mother is supposed to have fled. On his way, he tarries briefly with popular Irish entertainer Gavin Friday, playing Billy Hatchett,a gay local rock star. In London, he'll run across real rock star Bryan Ferry, playing Mr. Silky String,a serial killer; Brendan Gleeson as John Joe Kenny, an entertainment park performer; the very talented Ian Hart as a P.C. Wallis, and the Irish actor Stephen Rea as Bertie,a mediocre magician who gets attached to Patrick(Kitten) Brady. Kitten Brady will have many adventures in London, some good, some heart-breaking; he will face them all with sweet-tempered equanimity, eventually find his birth mother, and realize she has created a life for herself in which there's no room for him.

Jordan, as is well-known, has frequently worked with Neeson, Gleeson, and Rea, and that shows in the fine performances these stalwarts give him. It's a funny thing, a very bold Cockney friend of mine once found herself standing next to Neeson in the then-famed New York bar, Denim and Diamonds: all she knew was she was standing next to a tall, well-built, good-looking man in a beautiful, beautifully fitted suit. Well, she was watching some young lovers across the bar room, and, inevitably, she began elbowing this guy standing next to her, chatting away about this couple. So they had a friendly chat -- mind you, she had nothing in particular in mind: this friend of mine certainly was a cougar before they'd even invented the concept, an ex- of hers used to call her the Disco Granny, but she knew she was quite a few years older than this man. She just wanted to talk. It was only after Neeson left that the bartender told her who she'd been elbowing. She'd just thought he was a nice, good-looking man in a gorgeous suit. And so he was.

It has been said that the director's pictures are generally about men who find themselves in love with inappropriate love objects, and you'd have to say "Breakfast" fits that mode: Neeson gives us a priest who really appears to have loved his housekeeper, rather than just lusted after her. But no matter: in an Irish village of the 1960's-70's they can have no permanent relationship. Happily for him, however, he comes to realize that, while it may not be popularly approved, he can manage a relationship with his son.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great 'indie' film, 25 Aug. 2008
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Breakfast On Pluto is a heart-warming, heart-string-tugging, intelligent and funny film.
Despite it being a bit slow in parts (the reason for which I didn't give it 5*s) it follows the life and happenings of Patrick 'Kitten' Brady, a loveable character portrayed by the even more loveable Cillian Murphy.
Who would ever have thought he could play a 'woman' so well!?!
4/5 stars; 9/10!
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