Broken (15)

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Drama

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Posted: Tue Mar 5 2013

Theatre director Rufus Norris (‘London Road’) makes his feature debut with this rough diamond British indie drama. At its heart is the magnetic presence of winning newcomer Eloise Laurence. She plays the mythically named Skunk, a young girl living with her dad (Tim Roth) on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs.

In the spirit of Andrea Arnold’s stories, ‘Broken’ tells of a youngster whose eyelids are slowly flickering open to the world’s darker shades, and a script by Mark O’Rowe (‘Intermission’), adapted from a 2008 novel by Daniel Clay, certainly piles on bleak events. Skunk’s angry neighbour (Rory Kinnear) is raising three lively daughters alone and beating the living daylights out of a disturbed boy across the road (Robert Emms); one of Skunk’s teachers (Cillian Murphy, pictured) also finds himself at the receiving end of someone’s fists; and her dad begins a complicated relationship with the au pair (Zana Marjanovic).

If its script is a little unwieldy and overwrought at times, ‘Broken’ is still a work of delightful moments and strong promise for many of those involved. Norris works hard to inject some joy and wonder into what could easily be a much more dark and miserable experience.

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Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Mar 8, 2013

Duration:

91 mins

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deborah

Nearly did't go to see this film because of Timeout mediocre rating but so glad we did. Laughed out loud lots. Great acting especially Skunk, Just don't let the last ten minutes spoil it for you.

deborah

Nearly did't go to see this film because of Timeout mediocre rating but so glad we did. Laughed out loud lots. Great acting especially Skunk, Just don't let the last ten minutes spoil it for you.

Paul

Nothing like a plot spoiler from TO to flag up some key moments of the film and then to rate this film lower than the fluff and bubble of Arbitrage. If you liked Fish Tank, Tyrannosaur or Submarine, then you'll like this film too as it weaves a story around fathers and their children, particularly daughters. Eloise Laurence is indeed magnetic as she plays this role in a powerful understated way where a look can speak a hundred words. I went along hoping I was not going to come out depressed as hell, I didn't, and left the film instead pondering what stories exactly I had just missed in my blind spot. A film to see again to pick up on the nuances and subtleties I missed first time round.