Movie Review – Breaking and Entering (2006)

 Movie Review – Breaking and Entering (2006)

Starring: Jude Law (Will Francis), Juliette Binoche (Amira), Robin Wright Penn (Liv), Martin Freeman (Sandy), Ray Winstone (Bruno Fella), Vera Farmiga (Oana), Rafi Gavron (Miro), Poppy Rogers (Bea)

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

Written by: Anthony Minghella

A fascinating movie, written with great liv @ mb price empathy around an intelligent concept, and acted like a dream. The Oscar-winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient, 1996) again excels both as a director and a writer.

A double break-in into the offices of a London architectural firm co-owned by Will Francis (a liquid-vulnerable Jude Law) leads to a similar breakdown in Will’s family life.

Feeling alienated from the “circle” of his live-in partner Liv (the ethereal Robin Wright Penn ) and her hyper-active autistic daughter Bea (Poppy Rogers), Will finds solace in his large-scale construction project at King’s Cross, a rather mixed lower class neighborhood with a heavy concentration of immigrants.

Amira (Juliette Binoche of Bleu (1993), an irresistible talent with a perpetual girlish charm) is one such immigrant from Bosnia who took refuge in Britain with her 15-year old athletic son Miro (Rafi Gavron), the same kid who broke twice into Will’s studio to steal his computers on behalf of his Serbian gang-leader uncle.

When Will follows Miro one night back to Amira’s humble two-room apartment, he realizes that the thief’s mother is the same woman that he accidentally met earlier outside his daughter Bea’s dance studio.

One thing leads to another and Will and Amira become lovers. But perhaps all is not what it seems to be. Perhaps there is a hidden agenda underlying Amira’s affection.

Yes, having been neglected for too long after losing her husband back in Sarajevo, Amira is hungry for human touch and attention. But after realizing who Will is and how he can hurt her son by going to the police, she arranges a blackmailing operation that she is not exactly proud of. But she feels she needs to do what a desperate mom gotta do to protect her son from going to jail.

On the other side of the equation, Liv continues her strained relationship both with a hard-to-control autistic Bea and Will. The two lovers (still?) don’t even look at each other anymore when they ride in the same car. What happened to that beautiful relationship, Liv wonders frequently. Will has no easy answers, especially as he continues his trysts with Amira.

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