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Pure (2002)

R | | Drama | 2 May 2003 (UK)
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A young boy trying to deal with his mother's heroin addiction befriends a waitress who helps him cope with the tough situation.

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Gillies MacKinnon

Writer:

Alison Hume
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Eden ... Paul
Vinnie Hunter Vinnie Hunter ... Lee
Molly Parker ... Mel
David Wenham ... Lenny
Nitin Ganatra ... Abu
Levi Hayes Levi Hayes ... Jack
Keira Knightley ... Louise
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ... Harry (as Rupert Proctor)
Bronson Webb ... Tom
Marsha Thomason ... Vicki
Geraldine McEwan ... Nanna
Tyler J. Smart Tyler J. Smart ... Rose
Karl Johnson ... Grandad
Mona Hammond Mona Hammond ... Woman Customer
Julia Deakin Julia Deakin ... Mrs. Rawlings
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Storyline

Following the death of her husband, 10-year-old Paul's mother Mel comes to rely on an old friend, Lenny, who is also a pimp and dealer. Soon Paul must take care of both his mother and his younger brother. When Mel's friend and fellow user dies, Paul must confront the fear that has been gathering in the pit of his stomach: having lost his father, his mother too may abandon him. Even with his limitations as a child, he takes action to stop this from happening. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Kind von Traurigkeit See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,154, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,471, 9 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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There is a brief adult moment in the film, which sees Paul accidentally puts his right hand on Louise's left breast, which he squeezes. Harry Eden (Paul) who was 12, is 5 years younger than Keira Knightley (Louise), who was 17. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Don't give her Pepperoni, it gives her the shits
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A junkie flick by any other name...
11 August 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

...is still a junkie flick. Such is "Pure" in which Eden, a ten year old son of a heroin addict, occupies nearly every scene as the film explores the highs and lows of the mother/son drug tainted relationship. The opposite of "gritty", this sugar coated Brit flick delivers a solid performance by Parker as the mom/junkie who has to go through the obligatory lifestyle decay, agonizing withdrawal, courageous recovery, pitiful setback, etc. However, the film does little to distinguish itself and those who have seen junkie flicks before may well get the feeling "Pure" is not sufficiently creative or unique to make the viewing time well spent. (C+)


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