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Bonus features include a complementary short film, Director's Statement, and Bio, amongst other features.
WINNER - Best Supporting Actor - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
NOMINATED - 9 Awards - British Independent Film Awards (BIFA)
OPENING FILM - Critics Week - Cannes Film Festival
WINNER - Grand Prix - Odessa International Film Festival
WINNER - Audience Award - European Union Film Festival
WINNER - Best Director - CAIFF Slate Awards
WINNER - Best Film, Drama - CAIFF Slate Awards
Official Selection - International Panorama - Melbourne Int l Film Festival
Official Selection - BFI London Film Festival
Official Selection - Santa Barbara Film Festival
Official Selection - Miami Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - The Craic Fest
Official Selection - Cleveland Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Florida Film Festival
Official Selection - Berkshire Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Cinetopia Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection - Calgary Int'l Film Festival ----
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)
Top Customer Reviews
"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.Read more ›
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.
Recommended. prisrob 03-01-14
In a very strange way "Broken" reminds me of another sort of coming of age film wherein the central character is both a young girl and the witness to tragedy; i.e. "To Kill a Mockingbird". Both Skunk and Scout (looking quite alike in appearance now that I think about it) are self-reliant and optimistic, both are being raised by single fathers (also lawyers) aided by live-in housekeepers but Gregory Peck was a paragon of wisdom and virtue, typically having a positive effect on tough situations whereas Tim Roth is just struggling to hold onto sanity and his family's safety which is his primary motivation for trying to maintain some peace in his neighborhood. I suspect that director Rufus Norris in bringing a story about hope in the midst of despair to the Cannes Film Festival unwittingly created a disturbing glimpse into a society where adults find goodness only in the fragile hearts of children.
While Broken is both a well-acted and riveting drama, it descends maybe a bit too much into social degradation to be very inspiring and although it has some touching moments I can't say this is a film I'd care to watch a second time. :o)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A rather honest coming of age story.
Life is not pretty nor is it fair. This film lays it out as it is. Every little neighborhood has it's secrets.
Broken is one of the saddest films I have watched in a long time. And yet, it is an incredibly uplifting film. Broken is similar to Volker Schlöndorff's Tin Drum. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dan Lebryk
far too potty-mouthed and the subject might well be real but not well done nor is it shown that this intense bullying could be settled down???Published 10 months ago by Lizzie
Great movie, on all accounts! The story was well written and, of course, the acting was excellent. I do not recommend that you see this movie if you are squeamish because it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by sky soldier