Broken

Broken

Director: Rufus Norris Cast: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear
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Overview

Broken

A young girl's innocence is eroded faster than she ever could have anticipated as she begins to recognize the horrid injustices all around her in Rufus Norris' adaptation of Daniel Clay's novel of the same name. Eleven-year-old Skunk (Eloise Laurence) sees the world from an interesting perspective. Quick to laugh and full of life, she refuses to let diabetes slow her down. Then, one day, her neighbor Mr. Oswald's daughter accuses Rick (Robert Emms), the slow-witted boy next door, of rape. When Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear) brutally assaults Rick in broad daylight, Skunk bears witness to the horrible scene. In the aftermath, Skunk begins to view her previously safe surroundings with great trepidation. She fears living in a future where aggression and injustice run rampant, and seeks comfort in Rick's company. But when even that small sense of contentment turns suddenly chaotic, Skunk is faced with a decision that will determine whether she ultimately thrives, or perishes. Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy co-star.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
UPC: 0616892185963
Original Release: 2012
Source: Film Movement
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:31:00
Sales rank: 66,215

Special Features

Closed Caption; Bonus Short Film: ; The Way The World Ends - Dir. Matthew B. Wolff; U.S., 15 min.; An ordinary suburbanite couple discovers that the natural world simply vanished during the night. Yet even stranger, all of their neighbors carry on with their daily routines.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tim Roth Archie
Cillian Murphy Mike
Rory Kinnear Mr. Oswald
Robert Emms Rick
Zana Marjanovic Kasia
Clare Burt Mrs. Buckley
Bill Milner Jed
Denis Lawson Mr. Buckley
Eloise Laurence Skunk
Martha Bryant Sunrise
Faye Daveney Saskia
Rosalie Kosky-Hensman Susan

Technical Credits
Rufus Norris Director
Victoria Boydell Editor
Electric Wave Bureau Score Composer
Tally Garner Producer
Rob Hardy Cinematographer
Bill Kenwright Producer
Dixie Linder Producer
Maggie Lunn Casting
Nick Marston Producer
Norman Merry Executive Producer
Mark O'Rowe Screenwriter
Joe Oppenheimer Executive Producer
Jane Petrie Costumes/Costume Designer
Kave Quinn Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Broken
1. You Dirty Perv [9:25]
2. Solitary Confinement [8:09]
3. Are You A Lesbian? [5:02]
4. First Kiss [6:31]
5. Missing [10:19]
6. Mist Of Evil [7:59]
7. Courage [9:33]
8. Another Lie [7:11]
9. Lopsided [7:39]
10. Tragedy [8:00]
11. Say Goodbye [7:04]
12. Credits [3:56]
1. Chapter 1 [14:53]

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Broken 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Twink More than 1 year ago
The sixth entry in the Film on Friday series is Broken - starring Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy, directed by Rufus Norris. This film has won a large number of awards - amongst them, Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards and it was also an opening night film at Cannes Critics Week. Eleven year old Skunk lives with her brother, father and housekeeper in a cul-de-sac populated by only a few families. Hers is not the only family touched by tragedy (Mom has run away). Neighbour Bob Oswald's wife has died, leaving him to raise his three hellion daughters. Mr and Mrs Buckley live with their brain damaged adult son Rick across the street. Skunk witnesses a violent attack on Rick by neighbour Bob who is convinced that Rick has sexually assaulted one of his daughters. That attack seems to be a catalyst, triggering a chain of events that impacts every resident of the cul-de-sac. But none more than Skunk. Her naivete is slowly eroded by the anger she witnesses both outside of her home and within - the housekeeper and her boyfriend have a tumultuous relationship. Skunk makes tentative overtures into exploring her own burgeoning sexuality, but is exposed to more than an eleven year old needs to see. The violence continues to escalate, following her to school and eventually erupting on that dead end street. Each and every character in Broken is, well, broken. Norris explores the human condition through the dysfunctional relationships portrayed. But also through the good and positive as well. Themes of love, hate, forgiveness, loss, hope, friendship, bullying, mental illness and more are explored. You could draw many parallels between To Kill a Mockingbird and Broken - Scout/Skunk, fathers who are lawyers, a minority being persecuted and a loss of innocence. But Norris puts his own stamp on things in Broken. I started out feeling one way about a number of the characters and found my reactions and thoughts turned around by the end. Eloise Laurence is new to acting, but I predict she has a future in the biz. She was wonderfully unaffected and realistic. Each and every actor involved was excellent. Norris effectively uses single, isolated shots of the principles, underlining their isolation. I thought Broken was truly an excellent film. Not easy to watch by any means - I did stop it two or three times to get up and come back in a few minutes, but one that was absolutely riveting. Five stars. United Kingdom. 2012. 90 min. Drama. English As always, Film Movement includes a short with their main feature. The Way the World Ends again manipulates our perception, starting off with what seems to be a light premise and turning into something altogether different. And it paired well with Broken.