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Broken 2012

4.4 out of 5 stars (62) IMDb 7.3/10

An eleven-year-old girl finds herself exposed to the inequities of life in this rite-of-passage drama directed by Rufus Norris. With her mother having left the family home, Skunk (Eloise Lawrence) now lives in suburbia with her kind-hearted father Archie (Tim Roth), her brother Jed (Bill Milner) and Polish au pair Kasia (Zana Marjanovic).

Starring:
Charlie Booty, Lily James
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1 hour, 30 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Rufus Norris
Starring Charlie Booty, Lily James
Supporting actors Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence, Lukas Fernandes-Pendse, Michael Fernandes-Pendse, Robert Emms, Rory Kinnear, Faye Daveney, Martha Bryant, Clare Burt, Denis Lawson, Paul Thornley, David Webber, Bill Milner, Rosalie Kosky, Seeta Indrani, Andrew Frame, Zana Marjanovic, Cillian Murphy
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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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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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 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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British cinema does best when it doesn't try and outdo Hollywood. Here we see a simple tale of three families in the same street, all intertwining yet slowly falling apart for different reasons.

`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)
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By Lincs Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Feb. 2014
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Broken is adapted from the novel of the same name by Daniel Clay. The novel is one of my all-time favourite books, and often I am wary of watching film adaptations, just in case they ruin the original story.

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
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