Breaking and Entering

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A petty thief is the link between a well-to-do businessman and a single mother struggling to get by in his edgy, emotional drama. Will Francis Jude Law is a successful landscape architect who runs an upscale business with his friend Sandy Martin Freeman in the King's Cross section of London, a neighborhood that has long been plagued by crime and poverty but has lately become the target of a major gentrification program. Will's longtime girlfriend is Liv Robin Wright Penn, a lovely woman troubled by a lack of ...
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A petty thief is the link between a well-to-do businessman and a single mother struggling to get by in his edgy, emotional drama. Will Francis Jude Law is a successful landscape architect who runs an upscale business with his friend Sandy Martin Freeman in the King's Cross section of London, a neighborhood that has long been plagued by crime and poverty but has lately become the target of a major gentrification program. Will's longtime girlfriend is Liv Robin Wright Penn, a lovely woman troubled by a lack of communication between herself and her husband and emotional problems with their teenage daughter, Bea Poppy Rogers, who can't sleep and is obsessed with gymnastics. A thief has broken into Will and Sandy's office not once but twice, taking Will's laptop and the company's computer equipment, and Will begins spending his evenings at the shop in hopes of catching the culprit in action. The burglar strikes a third time, and while giving chase, Will sees him make his way into a shabby apartment building. Will learns the criminal is Miro Rafi Gavron, a 15-year-old refugee from Bosnia. Without revealing what he knows, Will makes the acquaintance of Amira Juliette Binoche, Miro's widowed mother -- a Bosnian refugee who makes a living as a seamstress. As Will starts bringing Amira business on a regular basis, the two begin an affair which continues even as Will maintains his relationship with Liv. Breaking and Entering was written and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Anthony Minghella; it was his first project made from his own original script since Truly, Madly, Deeply in 1991.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with writer/director, Anthony Minghella; Lie. Cheat. Steal. Love: The making of Breaking and Entering; 6 deleted scenes with optional director commentary; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • UPC: 796019801935
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:59:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,536

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jude Law Will Francis
Juliette Binoche Amira
Robin Wright Liv
Martin Freeman Sandy
Ray Winstone Bruno Fella
Vera Farmiga Oana
Rafi Gavron Miro
Mark Benton
Poppy Rogers Bea
Juliet Stevenson Rosemary
Nick Ingman Conductor
Technical Credits
Anthony Minghella Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Steven E. Andrews Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Tim Bricknell Producer
Abi Brotherton Makeup
Richard Conway Special Effects Supervisor
Julie Dartnell Makeup
Benoit Delhomme Cinematographer
Mike Gillespie Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Greenhorn Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Guish Casting
Lisa Gunning Editor
Gaby Kester Casting
Alex McDowell Production Designer
Andy Nicholson Art Director
Lisa DiNardo Parker Production Manager
Steve Paton Special Effects Supervisor
Sydney Pollack Producer
Ivana Primorac Makeup
Julie Thom Makeup
Underworld Score Composer
Colin Vaines Executive Producer
Natalie Ward Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Breaking and Entering
1. Breaking and Entering [9:00]
2. A Clever Boy [3:48]
3. Bea Is for Beautiful [6:33]
4. Another Break In [6:55]
5. Stakeout [6:33]
6. "It's Disgusting" [10:51]
7. A Chance Encounter [4:15]
8. The Chase Is On [6:14]
9. Repairs and Alterations [9:08]
10. Happy Enough [7:17]
11. In Deep [11:55]
12. Always About Fooling Around [5:48]
13. No Air [7:22]
14. An Accident [7:45]
15. Can't Be Hurt Twice [7:45]
16. Mending/End Credits [7:22]
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Disc #1 -- Breaking and Entering
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      Lie. Cheat. Steal. Love.: Making Breaking and Entering
      Deleted Scenes With Optional Comemntary
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         Miro Returns Home
         Opening Party
         Will and Wei Ping
         The Sorrow Demons
         Miro and Zoran on the Roof
         Miro Breaks Into the Penthouse
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Anthony Minghella is an artist of distinction. His current successful role as writer and director of BREAKING AND ENTERING once again demonstrates how subtlety and economy can enhance the impact of a well-devised and well-paced strange story, leaving the viewer with a true sense of dramatic climax and awe. This is one of those under the radar films that is as fine as any before the public in the past year. Will Francis (Jude Law) is a successful landscape architect who with his partner Sandy (Martin Freeman) has just begun a 'community restoration' project in the down and out King's Crossing area of London. Housed in an old building in that area from which the project will develop, they work with the finest of computers and business equipment - an easy target for locals to vandalize. Will lives with the Swedish American Liv (Robin Wright Penn) and her autistic young daughter Bea (Poppy Rogers) in a relationship that after 10 years has grown stale: the friction results in retreating into silence instead of communication. After two burglaries at the business occur, thefts that include Will's own laptop with all of his personal data, Will and Sandy begin nightly watches, hoping to catch the thieves. In this seedy area Will befriends an immigrant hooker Oana (a brilliant Vera Farmiga) while Sandy defends an accused cleaning girl immigrant Erika (Caroline Chikezie) until the two see two young boys breaking and entering on night. The lads are teenage Bosnian immigrants, good kids who are going with the flow of finding the means of survival in London. The boys, Miro (Rafi Gavron) and Zoran (Ed Westwick), escape the chase, though Will's pursuit results in his discovering Miro's home in the projects. Knowing that Miro's mother Amira (Juliette Binoche) takes in tailoring, Will drops off a jacket to be mended and is attracted to the beautiful unattached Amira with whom he gradually begins an affair. Meanwhile Liv is in therapy with Rosemary (Juliet Stevenson) and attempts to include resistant Will in hopes of healing their domestic chaos. Their relationship is on the brink of dissolution, both adults are fatigued by the management of Bea, a situation which encourages Will to increase his participation in Bea's care, a decision which leads to an accident for Bea at Will's place of work. Eventually Miro and Zoran are captured by the police (Ray Winstone) and Amira is so devastated by the possible incarceration of her son that she takes measures with Will to secure herself. It is the manner in which the 'crime' by the boys triggers the breaking and entering of each of the lives, crippled by shells of defense, which serves as the sensitive resolution of the story. The cast is perfection, providing plum roles for Law, Binoche, Penn, Farmiga, Winstone, Freeman and newcomer Gavron, each creating credible characters who though with less than pure lives completely drawn our empathy. Minghella's story is important and entertaining and the filming techniques are bold and innovative. Gabriel Yared provides yet another beautiful musical score and the added featurettes are informative - far better than the usual DVD fillers. A superb film, this. Grady Harp

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