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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

Writer:

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.

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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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Box Office

Budget:

GBP4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$889,510
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Whenever it shows the car-wreck (and the replays thereof), the "person" in the driver-seat is obviously a dummy. See more »

Quotes

[Gina is studying a set of chest X-rays in her office when Jim approaches and looks at them as well]
Gina McVey: Who are these for?
Jim: Dr. Waters.
Gina McVey: Interesting.
Jim: What?
Gina McVey: Well, do you notice anything?
Jim: They're back to front?
Gina McVey: No, look. Left and right tags.
Jim: The heart's on the right side of the body?
Gina McVey: [Nodding] Dextrocardia with situs inversus. It's not uncommon, but it's pretty rare. One in every thousand.
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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

At Last
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Etta James
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Eerie but pointless
27 May 2009 | by SuperunknovvnSee all my reviews

"The Brøken" does have its moments. The atmosphere is eerie throughout. The stage design is sparse and somewhat bleak, which is fitting with the movie's general theme.

The problem is that there is too little story here. The writer/director Sean Ellis tries to solve this problem with short intercut scenes and unsettling movie. At first it works and you're intrigued, but at some point it just seems as if Ellis was beating a dead horse. It's like: "Yeah, we've seen these flashbacks, now could you PLEASE go on with the story."

And what is the story anyway? We never find out. Why is there a psychiatrist in the movie? Why are the characters introduced so long, when their relations never amount to anything?

"The Brøken" seems like an underdevelopped idea and the ending is rather predictable. It's not a complete waste of time, but in the end it's pretty much pointless.


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