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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

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In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Neil Jordan, Pat McCabe (as Patrick McCabe) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cillian Murphy ... Patrick 'Kitten' Braden
Morgan Jones Morgan Jones ... Building Site Worker
Eva Birthistle ... Eily Bergin
Liam Neeson ... Father Liam
Mary Coughlan Mary Coughlan ... Housekeeper
Conor McEvoy Conor McEvoy ... Young Patrick Braden
Ruth McCabe ... Ma Braden
Charlene McKenna ... Caroline Braden
Seamus Reilly Seamus Reilly ... Lawrence
Peter Owens Peter Owens ... Butcher
Emmet Lawlor McHugh Emmet Lawlor McHugh ... Young Irwin
Bianca O'Connor Bianca O'Connor ... Young Charlie
Paraic Breathnach Paraic Breathnach ... Benny Feely
Pat McCabe Pat McCabe ... Peepers Egan / Schoolmaster (as Patrick McCabe)
Owen Roe ... Dean
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Storyline

A young transwoman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age in the 1970s. She leaves her Irish town, in part to look for her mother and in part because her transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding. She's taken in by a rock band, falls for the lead singer, has brushes with the IRA, is arrested by the London police, works in a peep show, and poses as a survey researcher for the phone company. Throughout, her nationality and her nature put her at great risk. In her search for her mother, she makes surprising discoveries of friendship and family. But, will she survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Same world, different planet!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desayuno en Plutón See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£199,154 (United Kingdom), 15 January 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,279, 20 November 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$828,699, 26 March 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen Rea already played a man dating a trans woman - in the infamous The Crying Game (1992), also directed by Neil Jordan. See more »

Goofs

The colour of the foil tops on the milk bottles changes colour between shots. They are silver when they're outside on the doorsteps with the robins picking at them and when the housekeeper picks them up to bring them in. When she puts them on the breakfast table inside in the next shot, they are golden. See more »

Quotes

Patrick "Kitten" Braden: The fantastic tale of Eily Bergen.
Bertie: I can't wait to hear the ending.
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: But you haven't even heard the start.
Bertie: I can't wait to hear that either.
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Crazy Credits

With thanks to the people of Callan Co., Kilkenny See more »

Connections

Referenced in Se eida...: Ston antra tis zois mou... (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
(1933)
Music by Jerome Kern (as Kern)
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach (as Harbach)
Performed by Billy Livsey
Published by Universal Music Publishing Limited
Licensed courtesy of Face The Music
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Amazing, Touching Film
21 January 2006 | by weesa729See all my reviews

While this is not a completely conventional film either in structure or storytelling, it is deeply committed to telling the story of Kitten. Just as the film is committed, so is Cillian Murphy committed to being the best Kitten he can, and he succeeds to an almost uncomfortable point, which I think is part of the storytellers goal.

Who does not want to be loved? Not many of us, and Kitten wants it more than most. Her journey to find love in whatever form it may take is both touching and harrowing at times. You cringe when she finds her self in certain situations, and you root for her to take charge of her life, but that is something she is quite unable to do for the most part of her journey.

While this story features the good, the bad and the ugly of the transvestite lifestyle, there is no judgment being made, it is presented as a simple fact of Kitten's life from nearly the first time you see her. That in itself is refreshing. There are stereotypes, but not presented in stereotypical situation, which is also refreshing.

I came away from this movie with a warm feeling in my heart for the character, the story, and the commitment of everyone involved in the film, it drew me in, it took me to places I did not expect, and it gave me a film experience you simply can not find every day in our cookie cutter Hollywood film world these days. My hat is off to all of you involved in the film. If you like something different, something unexpected, and something unusual made with a lot of love, this is the film for you.


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