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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

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In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morgan Jones ...
Building Site Worker
Father Liam
Mary Coughlan ...
Conor McEvoy ...
Ruth McCabe ...
Seamus Reilly ...
Peter Owens ...
Emmet Lawlor McHugh ...
Bianca O'Connor ...
Paraic Breathnach ...
Pat McCabe ...
Peepers Egan / Schoolmaster (as Patrick McCabe)


A young transwoman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age in the 1970s. She leaves her Irish town, in part to look for her mother and in part because her transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding. She's taken in by a rock band, falls for the lead singer, has brushes with the IRA, is arrested by the London police, works in a peep show, and poses as a survey researcher for the phone company. Throughout, her nationality and her nature put her at great risk. In her search for her mother, she makes surprising discoveries of friendship and family. But, will she survive? Written by <>

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Same world, different planet!


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desayuno en Plutón  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,279 (USA) (18 November 2005)


$58,727 (New Zealand) (11 August 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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The barman who shouts at John-Joe after he smashes the glass is the owner of the real bar where this scene was shot, The Harbour Bar in Bray. See more »


Whilst the film is set in the late 1960s, early 1970s, the London underground train the Phantomlady disappears into, after Kitten ran down the escalator after her, is of the 1990s. See more »


Patrick "Kitten" Braden: Oh serious, serious, serious!
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With thanks to the people of Callan Co., Kilkenny See more »


Referenced in Se eida...: Ston antra tis zois mou... (2008) See more »


Isle of Inisfree
(Theme of The Quiet Man (1952))
Written by Dick Farrelly
Performed by The Dublin Screen Orchestra
Conducted by Kenneth Alwyn
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Extraordinary film from Mr. Jordan
3 October 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I saw this on 10/2 at the NYFF-we got last minute tickets right up front. Neil Jordan was present at Q&A-an absolute treat. The film was simply wonderful from beginning to end--charming, emotionally satisfying, delicately nuanced and very powerful. The acting was sublime, as in all Jordan films. Cillian Murphy is so impossibly gorgeous and yet so fearless and skillful an actor, who uses his physicality to his supreme advantage. The Irish gang of three-Gleeson, Neeson and Rea, who usually appear in Jordan's films, were superb and touching as usual. There were wonderful casting touches--Bryan Ferry as a sicko, Gaivn Friday as a gay rockabilly, etc. The film was audacious, swerving mightily between broad comedy and grim tragedy. The most arresting elements were the amazing customes and the choice of 60s and 70s songs, something Jordan discussed in detail during the Q&A.

I urge all cineastes to catch this one-you will be amazed and deeply satisfied.

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