Friday, May 3, 2013

Broken

Director: Rufus Norris

Starring: Tim Roth, Eloise Laurence, Zana Marjanovic, Cillian Murphy, Robert Emms, Rory Kinnear

A cautionary tale of three middle-class families in a suburban close tearing themselves apart. The director’s feature debut the drama is sadly strained, self-conscious and rather unconvincing. Skunk ( Eloise Laurence) an 11 year old living with her father Archie (Tim Roth) and coping with diabetes diabetes, bullying at school, and the defection of her mother from home. Angry neighbour Bob Oswald (Rory Kinnear) is coming to terms badly with the recent loss of his wife and trying to raise three lively daughters. He is quick to use his fists and beats up Rick (Robert Emms), a young neigbour with learning difficulties. One of Skunk’s teachers (Cillian Murphy) also finds himself at the receiving end of Bob’s wrath. In the midst of all this Archie is coping with a complicated relationship with the au pair Kasia (Zana Marjanovic) and he tries to act as pacemaker to his troubled neighbours. A sterling cast but despite that and some excellent cinematography Broken does not quite hit the spot for me.


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