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4.3 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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Product Description

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).

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(***) 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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Product Details

  • Actors: Molly Parker, Keira Knightley, Harry Eden, David Wenham
  • Directors: Gillies MacKinnon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Indican Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ERVJPE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Pure" on IMDb

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"Pure" could be viewed simply as a drug addiction movie, but I was relieved to find that it isn't simply that, as I've seen too many overwrought addiction movies at this point. "Pure" is the story of a 10-year-old boy trying to save his mother -save her from heroin, from her dealer, and from the law. Mel (Molly Parker) has been overwhelmed by life's demands since the death of her husband left her with 2 young boys to raise. She turned to heroin for consolation, but it got the best of her. She can no longer hold down a job or meet her children's needs. Young Paul (Harry Eden) knows only that his mother is sick, and he will do anything to help her -the household chores, look after his little brother, even prepare the "medicine" that makes Mel feel better. But Paul slowly realizes that something is not quite right with his mother. He doggedly tries to understand and resolves to help his mother kick her habit. But Paul finds himself navigating a complicated world of conflicting interests and values: his possessive grandmother (Geraldine McEwan), his mother's manipulative dealer (David Wenham), a police detective (Gary Lewis), Social Services, and his new friend Louise (Keira Knightley), a young woman with a heroin problem of her own.

I love the genuineness of Paul and Mel's relationship. Paul acts exactly as a bright, independent child would. He's fiercely protective of his mother. And he does what's best as he sees it, with limited perspective and little power, to help his mother and preserve his family. He pursues his goal with the single-mindedness and acceptance of a child and the determination of an adult. Paul and Mel express a closeness that is characteristic of a parent and child who work together to survive under difficult circumstances. They're flawed, and they know it.
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Socially conscious and beautifully acted, director Gillies MacKinnon sets his tale of junkies and young boys and wayward mothers in the working class housing estates of Northern England. This film has a gritty, uncompromising sensibility that is certainly going to repel some viewers, while attracting others and it mostly works until the end, when the film tends to replace hard-nosed and obdurate realism with contrived sentimentality.

Pure is a cautionary tale, a look at the world of suburban heroin abuse through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy. Paul's (Harry Eden) dad has died of a heart attack and now he heads his household, looking after his younger brother Lee (Vinnie Hunter), and smack-addicted mother Mel (an absolutely terrific Molly Parker). Paul's grandmother (Geraldine McEwan) is not happy about this situation at all and has been trying desperately to keep Mel's addiction problem within the family.

Paul doesn't know what a "junkie" is and resents the schoolyard bullies who say his mother is one. Whilst he naively dolls out his mother's "medicine," he hangs around with the children of his mum's friend Vicki (Marsha Thomason). It is Vicki who seems more like a junkie, always on the verge of death and unopposed to selling her body in exchange for a fix.

Alarmed by Vicki's latest overdose, Mel wants to kick the habit herself and seeks to do so cold turkey, on her own, not in a clinic but barricaded in her bedroom. It falls on Paul to supervise her, to keep her locked up and away from the junk no matter what she says. This plan does not sit well with Lenny (David Wenham), Mel's dealer and sometime lover, who also abuses her and obviously does not want to lose a client to abstinence.
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well, first thing I should mention about this film is the music. It was so touching and well arranged with each moments that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. Mainly with the guitar with the keyboard sound that fakes to sound like chamber orchestra together. It makes the moments surround with melancoly and sympathatic feeling.
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.
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