Breaking and Entering (2006)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 November 2006 (UK)
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A landscape architect's dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liv (as Robin Wright Penn)
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A mother and her daughter, a mother and her son, and a man living with one and attracted to the other. Miro, a teen from Sarajevo, lives near King's Cross with his mother; he's nimble, able to run across roofs, so his uncle hires him to break into office skylights, so the uncle can boost computers. Twice they steal from Will's architectural firm, so Will stakes it out at night. He follows Miro home and returns the next day and meets Miro's mother, Amira. At home, Will's relationship with Liv is strained - he feels outside Liv and her daughter Bea's circle. The stakeout and Amira's vulnerability are attractive alternatives to being at home. The police, too, watch Miro. Written by <>

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Violación de domicilio  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£364,886 (UK) (10 November 2006)


$928,960 (USA) (20 April 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Ed Westwick was first offered his role in this film, he turned it down because the scheduled dates for shooting conflicted with his exams at school and he had no idea who Anthony Minghella was, but his father told him to reply to the email and tell him he was available. See more »


When Will drinks the coffee the sex worker brings to him at midnight, "PRET" can be seen on the coffee-cup sleeve. However, the Pret A Manger at King's Cross closes at 8pm. See more »


Will Francis: Hi. I'm sorry.
Liv: You smell of perfume.
Will Francis: Well, I don't know how I do.
Liv: Nor do I.
Will Francis: I love you.
Liv: Is that an answer?
Will Francis: It's the truth. I feel as if I'm tapping on a window. You're somewhere behind the glass but you can't hear me. Even when you're angry, like now, it's like someone a long long way away is angry with me.
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Referenced in The Daily Show: Robin Wright Penn (2007) See more »


Written by Dag Torgersbraten, Pavan Mukhi, Ebow Graham
Performed by Foreign Beggars
Licensed courtesy of Dented Records
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Solid Construction
28 January 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Being a fan of Jude Law was essentially the incentive to go and watch this film. Before the film actually started i was unaware of the overt plot. Set in the outskirts and center of King's Cross, with modern architecture and two 'families' with contrasting backgrounds seem to intrigue me. Without detailing the film too much, the concept seem simple, and common. Yet it seemed to be so well crafted and intricately devised. Jude Law gave a very honest and truthful and convincing performance alongside Robin Wright Penn, the sleep deprived worn girlfriend. Penn gave a delicate yet fierce performance particularly at the end, when she lashes out at Will for all the preceding predicaments that he had caused. Juliette Binonche, a french actor with a wide range of persona skills depict the sense of solemness to a high degree. Her accent was very realistic and above all her presence was credible.

Though this film has the intentions of establishing a dramatically intense atmosphere, the tension breaks with a touch of crude humour when the prostitute appears. Although strictly speaking this would normally be facetious, it works perfectly well.

With the film's score weaved in the background, it creates a 5 star film. The actors give an almost impeccable performance, and will ensure a string of credits to their name.

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