Twenty years ago, at the age of 8, Christian witnessed the murder/suicide of his parents. We pick up his story today - Christian, now 28, has turned his traumatic past into a creative well ... See full summary »
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Aziza Amy Poggi ...
Beth
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Christian
Stephen Hopton ...
Mark
Jayk Hanna ...
Young Christian Lee
LeeAlan Weddel ...
John
Chuck Diamond ...
Jess
Adam Hill ...
Buddy #2
Matt Lang ...
The Dad
Altonio Seahorn Jr. ...
Buddy #1
Pam Weddel ...
Jennifer
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Daniel Justice ...
Partygoer
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Twenty years ago, at the age of 8, Christian witnessed the murder/suicide of his parents. We pick up his story today - Christian, now 28, has turned his traumatic past into a creative well that he can dip into at any time to become a much sought after writer and artist. Unfortunately, due to his use of illegal drugs, he walks a fine line between sanity and madness that makes his grip on reality even more tenuous. Into his life comes Beth, the new assistant editor at the Detroit Underground, the local free press paper. Beth bears a striking resemblance to Christian's mother and when they meet for the first time the walls that Christian has built around his psyche begin to crumble. Added to the mix are Beth's abusive boyfriend, Mark, and her shy, lovesick coworker, John. When all of these characters' lives intersect because of their relationship with Beth, they affect each other in ways none of them could have suspected. Christian sees in Beth the hope for a normal life but is pushed ... Written by David DeLeon

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Everyone has a dark side

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong brutal violence and torture, language and some sexuality/nudity
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17 May 2007 (USA)  »

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$985 (estimated)
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"Broken" is an indie filmmaker's calling card
10 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After reading about "Broken" in the newspapers, I decided to go to the Detroit premiere to see what everyone was talking about - could this film shot for only $985 stand up? It did - in fact, the movie not only stood up, the crowd did too. The directors got a standing ovation at the end.

"Broken" bills itself as a story about abuse starring The Boyfriend, The Junkie and The Girl. It's about physical abuse, mental abuse and drug abuse.

One of the things that impressed me about the film is how the directors were able to do so much with no budget. Much like "Sex, Lies and Videotape", there are only a few characters as well as minimal and realistic sets like a private home or office. And like "Clerks", there are virtually no close up shots, but it works well. The coloring is also very interesting. It's not black and white, but not quite full-color either. It has a sort of blue-gray tone that captures the emotional impact throughout the movie.

Overall, "Broken" is a reminder that it's definitely possible to make a quality, micro-budget film.


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