Broken

Broken

DVD - 2013
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Skunk is an 11 year-old girl who lives a carefree life with her father, 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. Skunk is unwittingly drawn into the neighbors' unfolding melodrama of violence, sex, and life-shattering illness. her home, neighborhood and school become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to fear-filled doubt. She is drawn into an ethereal chaos from which she may only return through the intense love of those closest to her.
Publisher: [New York] : Film Movement ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by RB Media, [2013], 2012.
ISBN: 9781470365295
1470365294
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91, 15 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Way the world ends.

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andreajesse
Oct 19, 2018

I wanted to like this film more, but so much just didn't ring true for me. Let's start with what's good about it. Tim Roth is one of the best actors alive today. He always brings so much depth to his characters and this film is no exception. All the other actors also deliver strong performances. Notably, the many children who play in the film behave like children do. Now where things went wrong for me. The film is about three families who are neighbors in a cul de sac. It seems unlikely that a kind (upper middle class) lawyer father would live next to a brute of a working class father. The other family of three also seem rather working class and all three houses seem large and nice (making it seem unlikely that the latter two families would live there). It is necessary that they live close for the story to work, I suppose. Now about the story - it seems to have stolen a lot from 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' Perhaps it's an homage, if so, it's far more brutal and does not address the element of race, so loses the message. Even the lead character, a girl with the nickname Skunk (sound like Mockingbird's 'Scout') is a well-meaning sprite who is coming of age and in her kindness reaches out to the mentally challenged neighbor (sounds like 'Boo Radley' from Mockingbird). Like Mockingbird, her mother has passed away and she has a brother whom she is close to. That's sort of where the similarities begin to end. The brute of a neighbor behaves in over-the-top ways as does the mentally challenged neighbor. I guess it makes for high drama, but I think a more subtle story could have been told to greater effect.

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misatim
Jul 12, 2018

This film needed more time to fully tell the story but it is filled with great acting. It is about life and death and all the stuff in between.

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Janice21383
Nov 09, 2016

A paint by numbers English coming of age drama, complete with a soundtrack with a whimsical, scratchy-voiced folk singer. The cast is good, but literally anything else you might see them in would be better, or at least less predictable. BTW, the alternate title is Way the World Ends. That's not pretentious at all.

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jimg2000
Sep 13, 2015

As disclosed in the description, the growing pains of the young girl was infuriating and heartbreaking though not too uncommon for those living in poor neighborhoods, as near auto wrecking yards, where physical violence and broken families are often the norm. Good script, actors and nice music score "Colours by Electric Wave Bureau." -- link in Videos.

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livpositiv
Jan 16, 2015

I agree that this is a deep film worthy of second viewing to totally grasp the subtle nuances. The complex characters whose lives become inevitably intertwined draw the viewer into a riveting storyline. Frighteningly surreal, one family's modus operandi of brutality and bullying sets in motion terrible outcomes, impacting others as well as themselves. Exceptional acting all-round.

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Ron@Ottawa
Jan 13, 2015

This drama from the UK deals with three neighbouring families, each with its share of problems. In a way you can also view it as a coming-of-age film as the protagonist is an 11-yr old girl. However, as a film it fails to engage me thoroughly. Still worth a watch if you enjoy contemporary British cinema.

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SusannahElf
Nov 13, 2014

What a terrific movie! It concerns three families who live in a small cul-de-sac and the conflicts and alliances between them. One father is a volatile bully whose three daughters are learning from his example, and these four people set of a series of terrible events in the lives of the other two families. All of the characters, the good, the bad, the well-meaning and the lost, are extraordinarily well played by mostly unknown actors. The girl at the centre of the story is a first time actor, and she alone makes the film worth watching.

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summergarden
Aug 26, 2014

A very well done film. Recommended it to others who enjoyed it as well.

dollfacecrafter Jun 24, 2014

good adaptation of the book, but not great, so many things left out, but that is usually the case with books made into movies, I would say it follows the core of the book, but so many things were changed, probably to fit it all in. the girl who played Skunk was awesome. and Tim Roth was actually sexy, and Cillian Murphy is not a bad guy for once, he is so good looking.

voisjoe1 May 11, 2014

This must be the most underrated films of the year. I suspect that Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy saw its great potential and did it for peanuts. It is a story of a pre-teen growing up with a single father and all kinds of good and bad things happening. The five minute late scene at the church reminds me of the 100 minutes of scenes in “Jacob’s Ladder” starring Tim Robbins, but the results of these unconscious scenes are opposite.

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Feb 24, 2014

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