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: R16, Violence,offensive language,sex scenes and content that may disturb87 minsUK
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

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.

2.0

I enjoyed it

I went to this film solely to see Tim Roth. No disappointment there. But the young 'skunk' surely stole the show with her amazing acting. The film had a slow build up, which at times had me yawning whilest knowing 'something' was going to happen. And happen it did....

A bold debut between social pessimism and fantasised reality.

Chosen to open "la semaine de la critique" at last year's Cannes festival, "Broken" is at once fascinating and disturbing. Rufus Norris debut feature is indeed audacious. It sits comfortably somewhere between gritty social realism and poetic coming of age. It seems a lot of critics are struggling with the fact that it does not stick to the one genres we...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0
Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

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.

2.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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

2.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

3.0

I enjoyed it

I went to this film solely to see Tim Roth. No disappointment there. But the young 'skunk' surely stole the show with her amazing acting. The film had a slow build up, which at times had me yawning whilest knowing 'something' was going to happen. And happen it did....

A bold debut between social pessimism and fantasised reality.

Chosen to open "la semaine de la critique" at last year's Cannes festival, "Broken" is at once fascinating and disturbing. Rufus Norris debut feature is indeed audacious. It sits comfortably somewhere between gritty social realism and poetic coming of age. It seems a lot of critics are struggling with the fact that it does not stick to the one genres we...

4.0