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Broken (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 8 March 2013 (UK)
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Three suburban English families' lives intertwine with tragic consequences.


Rufus Norris


Daniel Clay (based on a novel by), Mark O'Rowe (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Booty Charlie Booty ... Baby Skunk
Lily James ... Older Skunk
Tim Roth ... Archie
Eloise Laurence ... Skunk
Lukas Fernandes-Pendse Lukas Fernandes-Pendse ... Harry Barlow
Michael Fernandes-Pendse Michael Fernandes-Pendse ... Henry Barlow
Robert Emms ... Rick
Rory Kinnear ... Bob Oswald
Faye Daveney ... Saskia
Martha Bryant Martha Bryant ... Sunrise
Clare Burt Clare Burt ... Mrs. Buckley
Denis Lawson ... Mr. Buckley
Paul Thornley ... Policeman 1
David Webber ... Policeman 2
Bill Milner ... Jed


A terrific cast including Cillian Murphy and Tim Roth lead this British kitchen sink drama inspired by To Kill a Mocking Bird and adapted from Daniel Clay's novel. Theater director Rufus Norris smartly opts for an impressionist rather than classical approach to the material and modern setting. Written by yusufpiskin

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Kasia: I'm off to bed.
Archie: All right then.
Kasia: Good night.
Archie: Good night.
Kasia: You can follow me up if you want.
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References One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) See more »


When I'm Really Old
Written by Written by Damon Albarn (as Albarn) and Rufus Norris (as Norris)
Performed by Electric Wave Bureau
Produced by Electric Wave Bureau
Vocals by Eloise Laurence
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Eloise Laurence is Terrific in this Dark British Drama
16 November 2013 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Eloise Laurence, in her motion picture debut, is really terrific as Skunk, aka Emily Cunningham, in this extremely dark British drama. Tim Roth gives his usual very solid performance as Skunk's father Archie, a lawyer who is left to raise Skunk and her brother Jed (Bill Milner) after Archie's wife has run off with an accountant. They're aided by a live-in nanny Kosia, ably portrayed by Zana Marjanovic.

Skunk is an 11 year old girl who must face numerous challenges in addition to the loss of her mother. She's a Type 1 diabetic, who must take daily injections and constantly monitor her blood sugar levels. She also has to contend with a new school and the bullying therein, a crush on her teacher Mr. Kiernan, played by the fine actor Cillian Murphy, as well as a first boyfriend Dillon (George Sargeant) and a first real kiss.

However, even more scary and potentially more dangerous are her neighbors. There's the rageful and violent neighbor Bob Oswald, believably portrayed by Rory Kinnear, who along with his three out of control daughters are causing havoc in the neighborhood. There's also the seriously mentally disturbed Rick (Robert Emms), living across the street with his doting mother and overwhelmed father.

All of these families and characters will eventually come together in brutally stark ways. The film does little to shield the viewer from very bleak and difficult scenes.

Thank goodness for the movie's powerful ending or I may just have felt the whole film was just too depressing and unflinching for me.

All in all, Eloise Laurence's riveting presence on screen was I think the true heart of the film. Most likely this film is not for everyone with its' heavy themes, but with its' very strong ending I was glad I stayed with it.

The film was directed by Rufus Norris, an accomplished stage director but making his film debut here. It was written by Mark O'Rowe (Boy A), based on the novel by Daniel Clay.

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1.85 : 1
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