Broken (2012) Saturday, 21 September 2019

Broken (2012)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes, coarse language and sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    Powerful material shows the cracks.

  • Starring:

    Eloise Laurence, Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Robert Emms, Rory Kinnear, Lino Facioli, Bill Milner, Denis Lawson, Zana Marjanovic, Rosalie Kosky, Faye Daveney, Martha Bryant, George Sargeant, Lily James

  • Directed by:

    Rufus Norris

  • Running time:

    91 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Girls throw bags of excrement at people, cars. A man violently beats up other men, scuffles with police. A teenage girl makes accusations of rape, molestation. Two children punch, kick a younger child. Near-drowning mentioned. Kid crashes his bicycle into a market stall.  A boy discusses a fire that killed his parents, sister. Door kicked in, objects thrown, smashed. A man is stabbed with scissors. A woman falls down stairs (implied), a man is attacked with an object. Siblings playfight. Students push and shove at school. Girls bully younger students, steal money. A child is spanked. A man commits suicide (implied). Yelling, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Blood on faces, hands, arms, clothing, smeared on wall, bloody scratches, bruising. Corpses, walking wounded, bandages. A child convulses, foams at mouth. A girl frequently performs a finger-prick test; blood drops. A girl injects her stomach.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Teenage sex, teenage pregnancy, ogling, kissing. Teenage promiscuity, rape, virginity, lesbianism, paedophilia, paternity testing mentioned. Fellatio (implied). Teenage breasts. Shirtless man, man in underwear.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits), teenage drinking. Smoking, underage smoking. A girl injects medication. Prescription medication mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, slang for genitalia, derogatory names for females, bodily functions. Name-calling, mocking, bullying and derogatory insults. Obscene finger gestures. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Neighbours, violence, promiscuity, false accusations, wrongful arrest, deviancy, single-parenting, diabetes, mental illness, relationships, coming-of-age, school bullying, instability, death of a child.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Hospital, church, psychiatric hospital settings. Baby in incubator, child with breathing tube, pelvic examination, diabetic coma. Deceased wife, mother; estranged wife, mother mentioned. Deceased child (implied). Ham eaten. Future (dream) prediction, near-death experience. Mid-credits footage. Adapted from the novel by Daniel Clay.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Strong performances, engaging characters, excellent script, well structured. Moving, arresting drama. Excellent adaptation of the novel. Exceptional debuts from Eloise Laurence and director Rufus Norris.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, slightly melodramatic ending.

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