Breakfast on Pluto 2005 R CC

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Set in the 1970s, amidst the British-Irish conflicts, this touching and funny film follows the journey of self-discovery of a young man who realizes at a very young age that he is different.

Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones
2 hours 10 minutes

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Breakfast on Pluto

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Neil Jordan
Starring Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones
Supporting actors Eva Birthistle, Liam Neeson, Mary Coughlan, Conor McEvoy, Ruth McCabe, Charlene McKenna, Seamus Reilly, Peter Owens, Emmet Lawlor McHugh, Bianca O'Connor, Paraic Breathnach, Pat McCabe, Owen Roe, Ruth Negga, Rynagh O'Grady, Laurence Kinlan, Steve Blount, Keith McCoy
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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The film is VERY different from the novel.
[CHANGES] Maybe this is not the biggest problem for you, but even if you have not read the book on which the film based, you will realize that changes are made.
Cillian Murphy is fantastic, his acting is excellent!
Robert Martin

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on April 20, 2006
Format: DVD
Adapted for the screen and directed by Neil Jordan, "Breakfast on Pluto," based on the novel by Patrick McCabe, is the story of Patrick "Kitten" Braden, a gay Candide, off on a kaleidoscopic journey of self discovery. As you'd expect from the creators of "The Butcher Boy," this is a strange little film, episodic to the extreme, with a surreal quality and a unique kinetic energy.

Left on the doorstep of a parish priest in a small Irish village, our kitten is placed in the home of a lady shopkeeper who hasn't the ability to cope with, let alone nurture, a cross-dressing boy all to quickly developing into a flamboyantly gay man. One confrontation too many and our kitten hits the road in search of love and the mother who abandoned him. His resulting adventures include professional and romantic entanglements, prostitution, mistaken identity, false imprisonment, attempted murder and, most poignantly, a happy ending.

As Kitten, Cillian Murphy is a revelation. I've seen a number of straight actors play gay transvestites and have rarely been impressed, feeling most fail to connect or communicate any of the inner juice of their characters, delivering performances that are hollow and false. Murphy, star of Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," nails it. He rises to the challenges and demands of his role, bringing Patrick Braden to life in all his ambiguous glory. Liam Neeson and Stephen Rea, both Jordan regulars, standout among the supporting players, each quietly affecting in rather tricky roles.

Neil Jordan has been making emotionally charged, character driven dramas for more than twenty years. Along with "Mona Lisa," "The Butcher Boy," "The End of the Affair" and the Oscar winning "The Crying Game," "Breakfast on Pluto" ranks among this great filmmaker's very best efforts. Bravo.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By James Carragher on March 16, 2006
Format: DVD
Breakfast on Pluto has two slight strikes against it that make it easy to overlook. First, despite many differences it immediately recalls Neil Jordan's earlier Crying Game in its subject matter and IRA-struggles context. Second, there are at least two higher profile gay and/or gender bending-themed movies around this season. But this film stands strongly on its own merits. Cillian Murphy (last seen in the 180 degree different Red Eye) plays Kitten Braden, a boy who wants (and largely succeeds) to be a girl, who wants to find his Phantom Lady mother who abandoned him as a baby, and who wants to live happily in a world that is entirely too -- in his/her words -- "serious, serious." The foundling journey tale is at least as old as Tom Jones and Kitten's particular one includes wrenching moments of cruelty and violence perpetrated on him, some witnessed violence against the IRA backdrop, emotional pain, unexpected kindnesses from unexpected sources, and, finally, a certain peace, happiness and reward. Some of Kitten's life chapters, as the movie constructs them, feel overdone or superflous about a third of the way through the film, but it steadily gathers power and depth, while always retaining its light touch, right to the end and its reference to Oscar Wilde. Throughout, Murphy is pitch perfect, every inch a Kitten, but never entirely losing his maleness. It is acting at its best. Stephen Rea is excellent as the magician who befriends, loves, but also exploits Kitten. Ditto for Liam Neeson as a priest. Humane, knowing and triumphant, Breakfast on Pluto and Kitten Braden are as real a story as you will see in movies this or any year.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Creager on April 14, 2006
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I saw this film as a fan of Cillian Murphy, thinking it'd be an enjoyable time. WOW - I was totally unprepared. The film is, as has been said, an emotional rollercoaster, but it's inspirational for anyone, never mind a sweet boy lost in an entirely too serious world.

The cast, directing, lighting, music and script are all fantastic - I've never seen The Crying Game, but who cares if they're similar. Jordan stalwart Stephen Rea is sweetly malevolent (no, not an oxymoron) as Bertie, the magician; Liam Neeson does a fantastic and at times hilarious turn as the town's repressed priest; Ruth Negga is wonderful as Kitten's best friend, and what can one say about Cillian Murphy. Admittedly I'm biased, but the man just blew me away. Amazing talent and a real wish to get into the soul of such a complex character. He's incredibly dedicated to his craft and in this instance, it paid off. It moved me to tears.

The story is choppy and jumps from place to place, but that's the point - at the very beginning of the film, there's even a graphic that says "Chapters From My Life." It's not a linear story, per se; it's a series of interwoven vignettes showing just how Kitten overcomes. If Kitten were just as "serious, serious" as her world, she'd have curled up and died long before the end and everything working out. The music is also fantastic - the soundtrack really embodies Kitten and her never-say-die, understated attitude. Lots of '70s pop and glam rock, most notably Dusty Springfield and "The Windmills Of Your Mind." Great, great choices.

Some closed-minded individuals might draw back in horror at anyone saying they admire a transgendered or gay person, but honestly? This film gives us a character portrait of someone who we'd all do worse than to emulate. Kitten simply never gives up. It's an endearing trait, no matter who you are.
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