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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Paul
Vinnie Hunter ... Lee
... Mel
... Lenny
... Abu
Levi Hayes ... Jack
... Louise
Rupert Procter ... Harry (as Rupert Proctor)
... Tom
... Vicki
... Nanna
Tyler J. Smart ... Rose
... Grandad
Mona Hammond ... Woman Customer
Julia Deakin ... Mrs. Rawlings
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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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Ein Kind von Traurigkeit  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$5,154, 12 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,471, 9 March 2006
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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 »

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Louise: [laughing] I'm gonna get you!
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Mum's on Herion.
3 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film examines the pain of drug addiction through the eyes of youth. Molly Parker plays the young mum who can't get off "the gear" and the film is seen through the eyes of her young son who loves his mum but hates what the drugs do to her. The film is OK but not great. The performers all do well with what the script gives them but the film seems to lack something - it almost seems the film is script by numbers. All the usual drug clichés come out - the cold turkey scene, the evil dealer (played by David Wenham) and the death by overdose of one the characters. I don't know why the travails of drug addiction seems to interest film makers repeatedly - it certainly contains enough misery and human suffering which can make for fine drama - the problem with Pure, despite its confronting subject matter, the characters seemed poorly fleshed out. To this middle class art house viewer the film contrasted poorly with other films set in a similar depressing circumstances - eg the stunning Nil by Mouth.

On the plus side, the actors all do well - David Wenham has that man ever done a dud performance?


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