Broken (2012) Sunday, 05 April 2020

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)


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


    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.


    Predictable, slightly melodramatic ending.

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