- 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
Broken [DVD] 
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great movie, great acting, hard hitting. Not sure if it was on at the cinema... if it was then I missed it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kathryn Cox
This is a cold, stark, look at the state of a modern, ostensibly middle class neighbourhood in an English city. Read morePublished 13 months ago by pipnuts
ordered this after reading a review, it was delivered very quickly a very enjoyable filmPublished 16 months ago by carol
I cannot agree with the extremely positive reviews. I was highly disappointed by the film, not (only) because it was nothing but depressing but since it failed at being a well-made... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dorothee