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The Broken (2008)

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After seeing herself drive down the street, Radiologist Gina McVey unravels a mystery centered around a broken mirror.

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Sean Ellis

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Sean Ellis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lena Headey ... Gina McVey
Ulrich Thomsen ... Dr. Robert Zachman
Melvil Poupaud ... Stefan Chambers
Michelle Duncan ... Kate Coleman
Asier Newman ... Daniel McVey
Richard Jenkins ... John McVey
Daren Elliott Holmes Daren Elliott Holmes ... Simon the Garage Manager
Howard Ward Howard Ward ... Jim
Damian O'Hare ... Anthony
Dennis Banks ... Doorman
In-Sook Chappell In-Sook Chappell ... Crash Nurse
Peta Longstaff Peta Longstaff ... A&E Team
Ziad Alyan Ziad Alyan ... A&E Team
Lucy Bingham Lucy Bingham ... A&E Team
Marie Flood Marie Flood ... A&E Team
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Storyline

In London, the radiologist Gina McVey organizes a surprise birthday party to her father John McVey with her boyfriend Stefan Chambers, her brother Daniel McVey and his girlfriend Kate Coleman. On the next day, she sees herself driving a car on the street and she follows the woman to her apartment, where she finds a picture of her father and her. While driving back, she has a car crash and loses parts of her memory; further, she believes Stefan is another man. Gina decides to investigate what is happening and unravels a dark reality. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Face your fears.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, brief sexuality/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Buro-Kun See more »

Filming Locations:

Bayswater, London, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£4,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The inventive spelling of the title reads somewhat silly in Norwegian and Danish since the Ø in broken is a letter in the alphabet in these languages and sounds like the "u" in "burden". In addition "brøken" is the Norwegian and Danish word meaning "the fraction". See more »

Goofs

Several takes of the slow-motion car crash sequences were apparently made, and they are not the same. In one sequence the right side mirror of the Jeep is seen to flip forward and disintegrate under the force of inertia. In the other sequence the same side mirror wobbles slightly, but remains in position and completely intact. See more »

Quotes

[opening screen, small text on black]
Opening Quote: You have conquered and I yield.
Opening Quote: Yet henceforward art thou also dead - dead to the World, to Heaven, and to Hope!
Opening Quote: In me didst thou exist - and, in my death, see by this image, which is thine own, how utterly thou hast murdered thyself.
Opening Quote: Edgar Allan Poe
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Crazy Credits

If the music played during the first half of the closing credits sounds a bit off, that's because it's being played backwards. See more »

Alternate Versions

Lionsgate released the DVD in North American with a cropped 1.78:1 ratio. This means approx 24 percent of the original composition is missing. The DVD release in European was in its original cinematic ratio of 2.35:1. Same cropping goes for the Scandinavian DVD and Blu-ray releases by Atlantic Film. See more »

Soundtracks

Klettar
Written by Arnar Gudjonsson
Played during the end credits
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Beautifully done --
4 October 2009 | by silvrdalSee all my reviews

While 'The Broken' doesn't cover any new ground, it is still very well-made, well-acted and effective. Lena Headey and the cast are flawless. The lighting, color and photography of the film are stylish and attractive. The symbolism and foreshadowing are well-handled. I'm surprised that it hasn't been better-received. It is an 'art film', which might not be to the taste of those who like gory horror flicks, but for those who like creativity and chilling subtlety it is more than satisfying.

'The Broken' is for those who like 'The Orphanage', 'Dark Water', 'House of Voices', and the original 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'.


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