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Broken is a touching, humorous and unforgettable British drama starring Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Cillian Murphy (The Dark Knight Rises), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class) and a stunning acting debut from Eloise Laurence. Interviews with Cast and Crew Trailer Winner of Best Film at British Independent Awards 2012 “British cinema at it’s best” Shortlist
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
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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.
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.
`Broken' is a drama and, like all films that try to emulate real life (as opposed to giant talking robots and hordes of flesh-eating zombies), it contains a mixture of the general ingredients you find in your own day to day life, i.e. humour, emotion, happiness, sadness and conflict.
Cillian Murphy shares top billing with Tim Roth, but it's Roth who, combined with his on-screen daughter `Skunk' steals every scene, as they're one of the most believable father/daughter combination ever captured on film.
I won't go into too much detail regarding the plot, as you're only going to get the one chance to see it and not know what's coming next. But, if you sit down to this one, you should laugh and cry with the highs and lows of these people's lives.
I loved it - so much so that I couldn't believe anyone could not like it. Yet, it does seem to have attracted some negative criticism - mainly that it's too `melodramatic.' Maybe it does try to combine too many devastating events into a short space of time, but hasn't Eastenders been doing that for years?
If you're in the mood for a drama that is equally heart-warming as it is heart-wrenching, then give this one a go.
(probably more a 4.5 / 5, but I'm leaning towards generous)
I was not disappointed by the film version of Broken in the slightest. Although there are a few minor changes, these fit well. The setting of the film is London, whereas the novel is based in Southampton, but again, this does work very well.
Skunk, the lead character is expertly played by newcomer Eloise Laurence whilst her Dad is played by well-established (and a favourite of mine) Tim Roth. Some genius casting here - these actors have taken two characters and completely made them their own.
The film opens with a breath-takingly violent scene, that sets the pace of the whole story. The gritty truth of life on an inner-city estate, and the difficulties for young people today are expertly conveyed.
An excellent film, and one I would recommend highly
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 1 month 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 3 months ago by pipnuts
ordered this after reading a review, it was delivered very quickly a very enjoyable filmPublished 6 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 7 months ago by Dorothee
Broken is a quite brilliant, profoundly moving study of how a small group of families in one cul de sac intersect with one another in dramatic and shocking ways. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DJC