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Broken (2012)

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The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

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Charlie Booty ...
Baby Skunk
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Older Skunk
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Skunk
Lukas Fernandes-Pendse ...
Harry Barlow
Michael Fernandes-Pendse ...
Henry Barlow
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Rick Buckley
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Bob Oswald
Faye Daveney ...
Saskia
Martha Bryant ...
Sunrise
Clare Burt ...
Mrs. Buckley
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Mr. Buckley
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Policeman 1
David Webber ...
Policeman 2
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Jed
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The story of a young girl in North London whose life changes after witnessing a violent attack.

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Drama | Romance

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8 March 2013 (UK)  »

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Broken - Una vita spezzata  »

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This film was the directing debut of Rufus Norris and also the acting debut of lead Eloise Laurence. See more »

Quotes

Skunk: What would you do if I died, Dad?
Archie: I can't even answer that question.
Skunk: Would you cry?
Archie: Uh-huh.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »

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Written by Albarn/James/Rowntree
Additional lyrics by Rufus Norris
Performed by Electric Wave Bureau
Produced by Electric Wave Bureau
Vocals by Eloise Laurence
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New kid on the block
16 January 2013 | by (Athens, Greece) – See all my reviews

So simple and yet so complicated, as often life can be. Normal houses and plain faces on your block often conceal mini dramas. A cul de sac, to be precise, symbolic perhaps of the impasse that certain characters in "Broken" have reached.

Hats off to the director (and editor?) for the way certain sequences were handled. You would see a scene - the conclusion of certain events

  • and at the right moment (when you'd start wondering "when and how did


this happen?"), the action would rewind itself and everything would make sense. From effect to cause...

I guess this movie is not for the "Batman" crowd. No jumping off roofs, no wild chases, no gunshots, just bleeding. The real kind that could happen to your sister or brother or parent or child. Or to your neighbour. The kind that you might read about in the newspaper the next day. Bleeding external and bleeding internal. Of the lip and of the heart.

The acting was very convincing. Not the kind that sticks in your mind forever, but that's exactly what I consider to be one of the film's main assets: the lack of exaggeration in the delivery of the lines is what makes the story plausible, real, as if though you're witnessing events unfold outside your window.

And hats off to the new kid on the block. Eloise Laurence is a natural. I'd love to have her for my daughter too! Or sister. Or neighbour. I have a feeling we'll be hearing more from her. And from director Rufus Norris. The chain must not be broken.


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