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5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak, Violent, Compelling and Utterly Brilliant, 7 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Broken [DVD] (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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Initial post: 9 Aug 2013 18:36:55 BDT
Quote "the Oswald girls are either bullying others, causing violence or being sexual predators".
They were being sexual predators? Are you sure?

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2013 11:30:24 BDT
Tommy Dooley says:
Dear Mystery Martian (great name btw) with the furore over such a comment this week you are absolutely right so I have edited it, thanks for the heads up, it is appreciated. regards Tommy

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2014 16:04:11 BDT
C. Caughey says:
I would have shot the whole family!
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