Not for the light-hearted – but no, it’s not a horror film – Broken is a British drama that focuses on the tensions between three neighbouring families.
Most of the film’s events are seen through the eyes of newcomer Eloise Laurence (someone we’ll be seeing more of I’m sure), who plays the diabetic, 11-year-old Skunk.
She witnesses an act of violence near her home that has many dramatic implications for the rest of the film.
Her father (Tim Roth) finds himself involved in all of the resulting neighbourhood disputes.
The scenes with Roth and Laurence are heart-warming, funny and bring tenderness to an otherwise deeply shocking drama.
Rufus Norris’ directorial debut is an emotional, layered drama which some have called an intended wake-up call to a troubled country.
By Isabella Pittaway
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