Rufus Norris’ film: “Broken” (2012) is a wonderful film. This movie is set in a small cul-de-sac in England. Living in this quiet neighbourhood is 12 year old Skunk (marvellously brought to life by acting newcomer: Eloise Laurence) through whose eyes we witness the gradual decay of this little community after a young man: Rick Buckley (played by Robert Emms) is violently assaulted by a neighbour: Robert Oswald (Rory Kinnear). “Broken” was based, to a point, on Harper Lee’s classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”; having said this, the film did not follow the book to the point of the court case, and I’m quite glad about that because this film would not have been as passionate or powerful as it is, were it a courtroom drama. The film is told in a way that really compliments the somewhat taboo nature of the story.
When I went to see this movie, I had no real idea what it would be like. I knew very little about it seeing as it was not a huge filmic event, however I came out of the cinema completely bedazzled and amazed by not only the amount of care that was obviously put into every technical and story-wise aspect of the movie, but by the quality of the acting, especially by these young children with probably very little prior acting and performance skills. The story choked me up multiple times throughout. This film is an absolute gem in every notable aspect.
“Broken” has superseded every expectation (of the limited ones) I had. This is just about one of the best films that I have seen in a very long time. Although not all aspects of the film will be relatable to everybody, thematically, everyone should find something to enjoy about this movie whether it be paternal relationships, bigotry in society or communal function. This lovely film is about as wonderful a film as I have seen.