"The visually pleasing drama is graced by a lovely score from Britpop eminence Damon Albarn...and by fine performances, notably from a soulful Tim Roth and appealing young newcomer Eloise Laurence."
– The Hollywood Reporter,
"Broken is a valuable showcase for an outstanding up-and-coming talent, and Laurence is an actor to watch."
– The Guardian,
"A haunting, unexpectedly ambitious gem."
– Slant Magazine,
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 (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 (Zana Marjanovic) and father (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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JeffinSeattle - Customer Review
One of my favorite films! I can't begin how to explain how much I like this film. I am a fan of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". It seems that the film borrowed the characters from the novel into this film. Skunk = Scout, Rick = Boo, nanny = Calpurnia, father = Atticus, etc, etc. The film protrays how broken the neighbors are, and is presented in each point-of-view. The film ends with a powerful emotional scene. Simply beautifully done!
Paul Allaer - Customer Review
"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. Please note that the DVD comes with several nice bonus features, including interviews with Tim Roth, Eloise Lawrence and the director. There is also the monthly short movie (unrelated to "Broken"), which happens to be an outstanding 15 min. US shortie called "The Way the World Ends". Meanwhile, if you are in the mood for a quality indie movie that is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare, you will be richly rewarded with this. "Broken" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!