Broken (2012)

Broken (2012)

Broken (2012)

Based on the 2008 novel, in turn inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird, this British coming-of-age drama stars Tim Roth as the father of 11-year-old Skunk, a girl who witnesses her neighbour viciously beating one of her few friends. The violent attack changes the girl, affecting her father, her caregiver and her caregiver’s ex-partner (Cillian Murphy), who is also Skunk’s favourite teacher. Winner of Best Film at British Independent Awards 2012.

2012Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, coarse language and sex scene87 minsUK
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Broken (2012) / Reviews

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Rufus Norris’ debut feature Broken sits uncomfortably between two schools of Brit filmmaking: the coming-of-age warm-heartedness of Shane Meadows, Billy Elliot et al, and the kitchen sink grittiness of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. He hasn’t quite nailed the tonal juggling act yet; as such the film feels prosaic, and punishingly one-note in its grimness, throwing all manner of timely button-pushers - false rape accusations, mental illness, single parenting, teenage sex - into the pot in the hope that something sticks. It basically amounts to a contrived, feel-bad suburban melodrama where a series of head-slapping misunderstandings lead to everyone being as miserable as possible.

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Variety

Variety

Melding heightened drama with quirky, state-of-the-nation social realism, the pic aims to undercut epic plot contrivance...

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Total Film

Total Film

The result believably charts a girl’s coming of age but is eventually capsized by lurid melodrama even Brookside would have found excessive.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Often strained and self-conscious, but newcomer Eloise Laurence is a real find.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Newcomer Laurence gives the standout performance as the smart, precociously mature tween, but the ensemble cast all handle the tough, emotionally honest material with sensitivity.

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