Broken (2012 film)

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Broken (2012 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Rufus Norris
Produced by Dixie Linders
Ally Garner
Nick Marston
Bill Kenwright
Screenplay by Mark O'Rowe
Story by Daniel Clay
Starring Tim Roth
Cillian Murphy
Rory Kinnear
Robert Emms
Zana Marjanović
Denis Lawson
Eloise Laurence
Music by Electric Wave Bureau
Cinematography Rob Hardy
Edited by Victoria Boydell
Distributed by Wild Bunch
Release date
  • 7 May 2012 (2012-05-07) (Cannes)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Broken is a 2012 British coming-of-age drama film directed by Rufus Norris starring Eloise Laurence and Tim Roth. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. It is based on the 2008 novel of the same name written by Daniel Clay, which was partly inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird.[1]


Eleven-year-old diabetic Emily 'Skunk' Cunningham (Eloise Laurence) lives with her father Archie (Tim Roth), her elder brother Jed (Bill Milner), and au pair Kasia (Zana Marjanović) in a typical British suburb. One of her few friends is Rick (Robert Emms), a strange young man living with his parents in the neighbourhood.

Skunk is shocked when Rick gets beaten up by Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear), another neighbour: one of Mr. Oswald's daughters has accused Rick of rape. From that time onwards Skunk's life goes downhill. Kasia splits up with her boyfriend Mike (Cillian Murphy), who is also Skunk's favourite teacher. Rick is put into a closed ward as he isolates himself more and more. Archie and Kasia are beginning a relationship. Mr. Oswald's daughters start bullying Skunk when the new term starts. Skunk's first boyfriend suddenly has to move to his aunt's, something he didn't dare tell her until the day before he leaves.

Skunk secretly visits Rick when he spends his first weekend at home again. When she enters the house, she finds that Rick has pushed his mother down the stairs, breaking her neck, and knocked out his father. Rick does not let Skunk leave and does not realise when Skunk, deprived of her medical supply, falls into a hypoglycemic coma. Oswald finds Skunk and saves her. In a dream sequence Skunk bids farewell to people from her childhood. She wakes up in a hospital bed, with her father at her bedside.




Broken premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. It won Grand Prix of Odessa International Film Festival in 2012.[2] The film received the Golden Eye Award for best international film on the Zurich Film Festival. It also won The British Independent Film Awards 2012 for Best British Independent Film.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

The film received mixed to positive reviews by critics. It holds a 62% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 50 reviews and reports a rating average of 6.0 out of 10.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Daniel Clay". Junsui Films. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Winners of Odessa International Film Festival 2012", [1]
  3. ^ Masters, Tim (10 December 2012). "Broken wins top prize at British Independent Film Awards". BBC News. 
  4. ^ "Broken (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 30 August 2013. 

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