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Broken [DVD] [2013]

4.3 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Cillian Murphy, Tim Roth, Rory Kinnear
  • Directors: Rufus Norris
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJ0RJ5E
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Modern Britain does not come out of Broken well. Director Rufus Norris' film focuses on a trio of families living on the same British cul-de-sac, somewhere in the midst of London. Their already-challenging lives are under a cloud of violence around them, and it's a tough bunch to spend time in the company of.

The film is centred around the character of Skunk, an 11-year old diabetic girl, played wonderfully by newcomer Eloise Laurence. Skunk alone is having to deal with her mother leaving and school bullies, on top of everything else. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the cul-de-sac Rory Kinnear's character opts for fists as a solution to issues in his life. Broken's cast is rounded out by the likes of Cillian Murphy, Robert Emms and Tim Roth.

There's little escaping the film's bleakness too, and Britain isn't short of downbeat, gritty dramas that pose far more questions than they could ever possibly answer. Broken is very much one of them, but it does bubble somewhere near the top thanks to the quality of its performances. It's an uneven film, certainly, and some moments struggle to ring true. But it'll certainly stick with you for some time after it's finished. --Jon Foster --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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The interaction of families in a cul-de-sac, square or whatever, is a favourite of the tv soaps, but this is way more darkly realistic than that. The collection of characters and narrative threads connect to create a microcosm of a disconnected world, in which at first there seems very little hope. You find yourself disapproving of the actions and reactions of almost every character, until you realise they're mostly powerless to behave in any way other than the inevitable for them - you can understand their reasons, but in most cases, there are no excuses. While the stories unfold through an ensemble-type cast, the performance of Eloise Laurence as Skunk is truly outstanding, and Tim Roth is very good as her father. All the performances by the well chosen cast are sound, but I especially liked the sweet, downtrodden teacher, Mike, played by Cillian Murphy....just because.....
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Great storyline
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I am not keen on this film; it's too much like today's life. I only bought this film because Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy are in it.
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Brillant
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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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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2014
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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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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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