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Broken (2012)

Tim Roth , Cillian Murphy , Rufus Norris  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Eloise Laurence, Robert Emms
  • Directors: Rufus Norris
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Film Movement
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The visually pleasing drama is graced by a lovely score from Britpop eminence Damon Albarns Electric Wave Bureau outfit, and by fine performances, notably from a soulful Tim Roth and appealing young newcomer Eloise Laurence. --David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

BROKEN is a valuable showcase for an outstanding up-and-coming talent, and Laurence is an actor to watch! --Peter Bradwshaw, The Guardian

WINNER - Best Film, Best Supporting Actor --British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs)

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The summer holidays have just begun and 11 year-old Skunk s afternoons are full of day dreams and curious wanderings around her neighborhood with the exception that she must regularly give herself injections to combat her type 1 diabetes. When, one day, Skunk (Eloise Laurence) discovers her bitter and angry older neighbor, Mr. Oswald (SKYFALLs Rory Kinnear), savagely beating Rick, a psychologically-troubled boy from the neighborhood whom Mr. Oswald s daughter has callously and fictitiously accused of rape, Skunk s innocence begins to vanish. Trying to find solace with her loving nanny and father (Academy Award nominee Tim Roth), with whom she is very close, Skunk is unwittingly drawn into her neighbors unfolding melodrama involving violence, sex, and life-shattering illness. Her home, her neighborhood and her school all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and the promise of a complex, broken future. Overwhelmed by her experiences, Skunk herself is drawn into an ethereal chaos from which she may only return through the intense love of those closest to her.

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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harrowing psychological family drama, a MUST SEE March 13, 2013
I am a big fan of the on-going Film Movement DVD library of foreign and indie movies. This is the January, 2013 release in the Film Movement DVD of the Month Club, and will be released to the public at large in the months to come.

"Broken" (2012 release from the UK; 91 min.) brings the story of an 11 yr. old diabetic girl nicknamed Skunk (played by Eloise Laurence), who lives on a cul-de-sac in a very much middle-class neighborhood in Britain. At the beginning of the movie Skunk sees Rick, a young man living across the street, getting violently beaten up by yet another neighbor, Mr. Oswald. We later learn that one of Oswald's daughters, in order to save face, told her dad that Rick raped her, following which Oswalt in a rage pummels Rick. We meet other charachters like Skunk's immediately family (her dad is played by Tom Roth), and also Mike, the teacher and boyfriend of Skunk's live-in au-pair. Given the plot-heavy nature of the movie, to tell you much more would flat-out ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see how it all plays out.

Several comments: this is a heavy psychological family drama, and at times very bleak (but never without hope). There are several devastating scenes in the movie that will rip your heart out, so viewer beware. Not having read the book that this movie is based on, it's impossible to compare the movie vs. the book, but if the book is anywhere near as good as this movie, it will make for an excellent read. Kudos to director Rufus Norris for piecing it all together into one fantastic viewing experience. But the greatest compliment must go to newcomer Eloise Lawrence, who brings a "lights out" performance as the 11 yr. old girl.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Another preview piece that I knew that I had to see. Again, elated that had it and awesome to see. Glad to have it in my library to be able to watch over and over again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant, focused, and forceful March 6, 2014
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Broken places the viewer directly in the middle of a broken, small, but deeply dramatic slice of life. In this small world, everyone's brokeness bleeds into the everyone elses life. The beauty of the story culminates in all this brokeness pouring into the life of one little girl who almost is destroyed under its weight, yet she returns and by some measure overcomes it. It's not a happy story, nor is it fully redemptive, but it is a true story enlivened with an almost transcedent picture of beauty in the midst of the broken.
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4.0 out of 5 stars one Lie March 1, 2014
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This film is a peak into the bi-polar reality of today's society. Filmed in the UK, we follow a young girl, Eloise Laurence, as she observes the life around her. She lives in a cul-de-sac of three families, all of them are Broken. One family across the street has a brain damaged son that the parents have no idea how to handle, next door a man whose wife died and left him with three young daughters, all self absorbed and start the lie that ends in tragedy. 'Skunk' as she is known, the 11 year old, lives with her father and brother. Her mother left home when she was small. They have an Au pair, a young attractive woman who lives with them. She is involved with a young man they all like, but that falls to pieces when, Martin, the young man becomes a commitment phobe.

One lie starts the process of violence, arrests, commitment to a mental institution and then great tragedy. Throughout this process, Skunk is trying to take it all, deal with a new school, a new friend and the lives of those around her falling apart. At times the film seemed too much. Too much for these three families, do they all have to go through life's turmoils and troubles, does no one get a break? The writing is superb, the acting top notch. Tom Roth plays Skunk's father, a therapist of sorts, it seems he needed to start with himself, his family, then the neighbors.

If this is a microcosmic of our society, we certainly need help. A good start is for parents and children to start with a trusting, loving relationship. This film can be pretty gruesome in parts, violent and emotionally difficult to take. Use some caution, we are all broken, and this film magnifies all of us.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves all the awards February 11, 2014
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A story unfolds on a cul de sac neighborhood in England and all the human conflicts unfold there. It's different, fresh, and provocative. Tim Roth is a character who surprises you by his tenderness. Bullying is captured in its rawness. This is not a fluff piece or action thriller. It's a beautiful film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 5, 2014
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Loved it. Some parts were hard to watch. But if you like movies that push you out of your comfort zone watch it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've seen in awhile ~ February 1, 2014
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This is one of the best movies I've seen in awhile. It's real, and even though it's hard sometimes, it went the way life gets sometimes. Not predictable at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars End Of The Suburban Road October 28, 2013
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This is one tough movie to watch. Archie (Tim Roth) is separated from his wife who is having an affair with a teacher Mike (Cillian Murphy). Archie's daughter is named Skunk; a 12-year old who is the most innocent observer of the hell at the end of her cul-de-sac. Their next door neighbor Bob, (Rory Kinnear) is a recent widower with a nasty temper trying to raise three similar bullying daughters. Add the other older neighbors, whose son Robert (Rick Buckley) is the mentally challenged adult who has a normal but unfulfilled sexual curiosity. You have a powder keg of a plot.

Bob and his promiscuous daughters assume Robert is a pervert causing Bob to lose control numerous times in viscous assaults on Robert. Archie tries to intervene unsuccessfully with his hands full with his own family. Mike seems to be the common sense teacher who gets pulled into the drama and himself a victim of Bob and his daughters for similar sexual assumptions.

Skunk represents the only naïve observer in this suburban madness. Her main concern is handling her diabetes and discovering her crush on a local boy who may be leaving town. Her hopeful anticipation of the future is slowly shattered by the daily dysfunctions of those around her. Director Rufus Norris fills a multitude of complicated characters and issues with an unusual deftness that never confuses. This is the end of the road in many senses. The DVD was provided from 'Film Movements' for an honest and fair review.

Accompanying this DVD is a US short film called "The Way the World Ends". It is an odd bird. It begins with a bland slow-paced suburban couple realizing that the sun never came up, yet everything is a shade of `dolphin skin' and the neighbors and coworkers go about business as if nothing happened.
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2.0 out of 5 stars mixed feelings on Broken
I read the book..It was Great!..but the movie didn't do the book justice. Although Tim Roth's performance was well as Eloise Laurence
Published 15 days ago by babs
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
A wonderful surprise of a well-written and impeccably acted movie which kept us on the edge of our seats throughout. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Ernest Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty but beautiful??
This one had me wondering where it was all leading but, with one of the better endings I've seen, this movie earned it's fourth star.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Story of everyday life, unfortunately a lot of the lives were very...
Excellent acting by all, especially the daughter and Mr. Roth as usual. Story had many dark corners/endings but recovered in the end.
Published 2 months ago by C. Roth
3.0 out of 5 stars Foreign film....
Actually the story line of this movie was interesting and not unlike an American movie - mysterious people, violence, happy ending. Read more
Published 3 months ago by txjaywalker
3.0 out of 5 stars Well performed
This movie was a little unexpected viewing pleasure. I must say, I was not ready for the sadness so, please be ready to have your emotions taught at. I give it a one thumbs up.
Published 3 months ago by Angel
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Superb acting, great storytelling . many great child actors in film.Highly recommend. Cue your ears for the British accents. Gods film
Published 3 months ago by Laura L Carroll
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