Have to agree, I was lucky enough to see this at the London Film Festival and it was easily my favourite film there (and the only one to score a spontaneous round of applause from the crowd). A great story, with characters you really care about, this was a wonderful surprise. Perhaps not the most cinematic of films, this belies its small screen feel with a big screen heart and packs in more emotion than a dozen lesser films. I can't wait to see it again - thankfully, I'm going tonight !
Saw this at the opener of the Dublin International Film Festival with Murphy and Roth in attendance. What a great film, love everything about it. Roth can't act bad if he tries. Saw both Made in Britain and Meantime again recently and the guy is a Great, no question. He delivers again a totally believable performance and the on screen father, daughter relationship with Skunk is something to behold. Bit of trivia, Skunk's real life mother played the disturbed guy's mother in the film. Can't recommend this one enough.
Yeah, Broken is a great film. It reminded me of Submarine - another striking debut. There are so many new films opening at the moment that a little gem like Broken could get lost in the crush. I hope that doesn't happen.
entertainment.ie and RTE are the only 2 websites are giving this 5 stars , in guardian it is 2 stars and in other english sites such as daily it is 3 stars only !!
have not seen this film yet mixed reviews so far
Great script by Mark O' Rowe. Brilliant film.
It is impossible to call this film anything less than superb. It is heartwarming yet brutal in it's realism. It may be a little bit too disturbing for most people's tastes but its a shame if that clouds anyone's perception of seeing it for the gem it is.
What can I say except this is a terrible film? Maybe I should I read the review above more closely and noticed it involves a character called skunk. A precious irritating child whose growing pains make Adrian Mole look like an idyllic childhood. We get to see Skunk explore her world as she broadens her horizons hanging around a scrap yard to music straight out of Blue Peter. She then hooks up with a young fellah who cant act. Maybe thats a mercy as I couldnt decipher when he mumbled his hammy dialogue. The estate she grows up in has sufficient wrecks anyway, with the neighbours from hell flaking the daylights out whoever the trollop of a daughter accuses of violating her. This is where the movie really grates; all the odd balls in it with their efforts to communicate go around in circles and end up shouting and swearing. Towards the end when it is touch and go the film wanders into the world of Terrence Malick as we get a glimpse of the other side. This movie tries so much it actives so little.
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