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Set in the East-End of London, PURE is a story about the bond between a family and the pull of drugs. Following the death of his father, ten-year old Paul (Harry Eden) becomes the caretaker of his family mother Mel (Molly Parker) and youngest brother Lee (Vinni Hunter). His only friend is a flighty waitress Louise (Keira Knightley) who helps Paul in his desperate attempt to protect his family from the mother s drug addiction and her boyfriend, the local dealer (David Wenham).
(***) a beautifully acted coming-of-age film with an astonishing lead performance by then 13-year old Harry Eden. Parker is brilliant as well. --Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Two Thumbs Up. Emotionally wrenching and extraordinary performances. --Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper
A powerful love story that has the look and feel of an art house hit. The performances are superb, especially the key one between Parker and Eden. An emotional roller coaster with a smart performance by Keira Knightley. --Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
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The story is about a boy who's mother(Molly Parker) is a heroin addict. He has to be apart with his mother in the middle of the movie because her mother has to be in an institution. He has a woman friend who is way older then him(Keira Knightley) who is also a drug eddict who is also pregnant.
The boy is practically surrounded with junckies. He once even wanted to feel what his mother feels and tries to smoke weed and totally wasted. That moment was very touching for me since he has the most innocent boy was corrupted and he was in a totally in a nother world at that time because ot the adult's toy.
The movie ends with a happy ending somehow, more of an open ending. It acutally owns a great amount of deal to the music.
Without the music this movie could not have been this great.
There are actually two kinds of music in this film. One is as already told you. the guitar sound with keyboard faking the chamber orchestra, the other is house music- electric pop. They are all so great.
If the musician was selected by the director he must have been a genious.
It is no surprise knowing that the director is an old guy who has a lot of movie making experience both in TV and Theater.
This is something you should see if you can make time.
One small complaint: I really dislike films where the actor hardly looks pregnant but is really about to give birth. And when the baby arrives, heroin addicted, they're about as plump and healthy as a 1 month old. Granted, I'm sure it would have been difficult to find a scrawny looking newborn, but still... Then again, I really dislike how films can be so powerful and wonderful in everyway, but lack deserved recognition. This is one of those movies.
In the end, you are left cheering for the mother's apparent recovery, and wrenching decline of the friend. I'd recommend this film to anyone not already swallowing antidepressants. For those who are, see a nice romantic comedy.