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Breaking and Entering (2007)

Jude Law , Robin Wright , Anthony Minghella  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jude Law, Robin Wright, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman, Juliette Binoche
  • Directors: Anthony Minghella
  • Writers: Anthony Minghella
  • Producers: Anthony Minghella, Anita Overland, Bob Weinstein, Colin Vaines, David Greenbaum
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N4SHOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,267 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking and Entering" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary with director Anthony Minghella
  • Making-of
  • Six deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • Trailer

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(Drama) A sexy and steamy story about a disparate group of Londoners connected by a string of burglaries and a passionate affair.

The atmospheric and erotically charged Breaking and Entering reunites director Anthony Minghella with Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Cold Mountain) and the haunting Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, for which she and Minghella won Academy Awards). Law fully invests himself as pre-occupied landscape architect Will Francis, who with his partner (Martin Freeman from the original British version of The Office), is heading a gentrification project in London's seedy, crime-plagued King's Cross neighborhood. At home, he and Liv (Robin Penn Wright), his morose Swedish-American girlfriend of 10 years, are increasingly estranged over the demands of his job and of caring for Liv's autistic daughter, a 13-year-old aspiring gymnast. Will, hiding his identity, begins an affair with Amira (Binoche), the mother of a youth who has twice ransacked Will's office. Amira is a Bosnian refugee with a fierce survival streak that is not above blackmail when she learns who Will is. This is Minghella's first original screenplay since his little-known romantic gem Truly Madly Deeply. The dialogue has Woody Allen pretensions: A cleaning woman who comes under suspicion for the break-ins invokes Kafka. A prostitute (Vera Farmiga giving the film's liveliest performance) has a philosophical bent. Will himself ham-handedly explains how he much prefers metaphors to straightforward communication (he'd love this film's title). An art-house film with an A-list cast and wrenching performances, Breaking and Entering couldn't get arrested in theatres, but it is a fine addition to Crash and other liberal-minded "them and us" dramas. --Donald Liebenson

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than You've Probably Heard. May 12, 2007
Anthony Minghella has spent the last 10 years of his career making films based on books. And he's showed a knack for it. First, "The English Patient" won Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Then "The Talented Mr. Ripley" became one of the best films of that year and picked up some Oscar nominations. Finally, "Cold Mountain" was nominated for more Golden Globes than any other film and got Renee Zellweger an Oscar. "Breaking and Entering" is the first film I've seen by Minghella based on an original screenplay and it's weaker than his previous films. It's no wonder though, because it's completely different material. "The English Patient" was a big epic that brought to mind films like "Lawrence of Arabia," while "Cold Mountain" was a war film/melodrama with big, expensive-looking scenes. In scope, this film most resembles "The Talented Mr. Ripley" but even that's a stretch. I would never guess this was a Minghella film from watching it. It takes place in modern day London, is very low on plot, and is very low-key. I loved it though. Jude Law plays Will, an architect who lives with his girlfriend of ten years Liv (Robin Wright Penn) and her autistic daughter Bea. Will has recently moved his office to the ghetto of London and on the very first day, it's broken into by very talented teenaged thieves. One of them is Miro (Rafi Gayron); the Bosnian son of a tailor named Amira (Juliette Binoche) who has no idea what her son is doing. After the first break-in, Will is confident that it won't happen again. Alas, Miro and his gang come back and Will decides to neglect his family even more by spying on his office. Finally, he manages to follow Miro home and becomes a client of Amira's in order to find out more about her son. Pretty soon, their relationship blossoms into a love affair. Read more ›
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!! (beware spoilers) December 11, 2006
Just watched this movie last week during Jakarta Int'l Film Festival (JIFFEST) 2006. I wasn't sure at first, as I chose this movie only because Jude Law and Juliette Binoche were in it.

Jude Law and Robin Wright-Penn played as a non-married couple, living with Penn's teenage-autis daughter in UK (I think it was London). If I recalled correctly, Law & Penn been a couple for around 10 years. Law worked as an architect, while Penn stayed as a housemother, taking care of her daughter.

Problem came when some burglars broke into Law's office and stole many computers. Among them was a laptop with so many Law's personal files. One of the burglar was a young boy with some remarkable acrobatic abilities. First he took a peek from the rooftop to see door security passwords, broke the very high window-ceiling, enter the warehouse very fast with his acrobatic skills, turned off the alarm, entered the password, the door opened, and his gang entered. And this burglary happened twice! From Law's laptop, the boy explored the excitement of being an architect.

After the second burglary, Law waited outside to catch the burglar, in case the burglar will try the third time. He succedded and followed the boy to his house. There Law saw his lovely mother, Juliette Binoche, a Bosnian-native who ran away from her homeland and left her Serbian husband. It was Law's intention to know if this family was actually an honest family, based on his opinion that Binoche looked as a nice and honest person.

The story goes on. Law maintained his loving relationship with Penn and her troubled daughter. The police were tracking down the burglars and found some clues. Law and Binoche were getting closer to an affair.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Subtly-Shaded Drama of an Affair... October 1, 2007
Director/writer Anthony Minghella's exploration of three lives intertwined by pain, guilt, and loneliness, "Breaking and Entering", benefits by the earnest portrayals of Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, and Robin Wright Penn, a script that never attempts to 'glamorize' the central affair, and Minghella's willingness to allow the story to take it's time to unfold (almost 40 minutes pass before Law and Binoche even meet one another). While the film was unsuccessful in theaters, it is a multi-layered, rewarding experience that deserves a place in your video library!

While the catalyst of the story is a pair of break-ins of Law's offices by Binoche's son (Rafi Gavron), the action serves more as an introduction to the lives of the leads; Binoche is a Bosnian refugee, struggling to provide a stable home for her son, and to save enough money to return the pair to their homeland; Law and Penn are a couple worn down by caring for Penn's autistic daughter (Poppy Rogers), and a growing lack of communication and common interests. When Law tracks the boy to Binoche, he finds himself drawn to the beautiful, reserved widow, but even as he succumbs to his desires, she fiercely protects herself and her son, by taking incriminating nude photos of herself with Law, as he sleeps. There is a jaded understanding of the nature of her existence that is both sad, and understandable; as another Bosnian refugee (Vera Farmiga), reduced to prostitution, explains to Law, survival is the issue, here, not gratification. Indeed, there are no 'villains' in the story, only people struggling to maintain their identities, and dignity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Its so good I had to watch 2x
This movie is worth 10 stars. Its so good I had to watch 2x, which I NEVER watch a movie 2x.
Published 3 days ago by Beverly Mccardell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie although has a slow moving plot
This is a pretty good movie although it moves a little slow. Still, the acting is great and if you are looking to watch a good movie where the characters themselves are the focus... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Carre
2.0 out of 5 stars I was told that this was a good story. Sorry
I was told that this was a good story. Sorry, but I did not care for it. And I am also sorry to say that there are no other redeeming values; no great acting or photography or... Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. F. Poza
5.0 out of 5 stars A real film with a real play
Fantastic! A great actors are delivering a great story of love, passion, challenging characters and forgiveness. Excellent directing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dmitri of San Francisco
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Jude Law film
Jude Law is perfect as always. Juliette gives it her all. A very good, unique and well written story line with wonderful actors
Published 11 months ago by C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and thoughtful
This is not a romance novel, although all the lead characters are totally gorgeous and there is a kind of certainty there will be a happy outcome. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carolyn Creed
5.0 out of 5 stars great actors
I love watching Robin Wright and Jude Law, the movie is entertaining, even if the plot is barely plausible. I recommend watching it though.
Published 13 months ago by N. janus
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking and Entering
A surprisingly good movie (to me at least). I like Jude Law's acting as his expressions are more natural that "acting". Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alf
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked It
It was a random very random how I came about viewing this movie, and I enjoyed the characters and watching the story unfold.
Published 21 months ago by Carol Braverman
4.0 out of 5 stars "Breaking and Entering" Brings Home How Connected We Are
The director doesn't try to make this flick more than life or bigger than life. It is a story that comes full circle. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Richard Patterson
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