- Breaking and Entering (film)
name = Breaking and Entering
caption = Breaking and Entering Original Film Poster
producer = Timothy Bricknell
writer = Anthony Minghella
Juliette Binoche Robin Wright Penn
distributor = - USA -
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) /
The Weinstein Company
- non-USA -
- Canada Theatrical -
December 15, 2006
runtime = 116 minutes
country = flagicon|UK
language = English
website = http://www.breakingandentering-movie.com/
amg_id = 1:327653
imdb_id = 0443456
The film stars
Jude Law– whom Minghella directed in "Cold Mountain" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" – and Juliette Binoche, from "The English Patient", also directed by Anthony Minghella, and "Chocolat".
In a major supporting role,
Robin Wright Pennplays Liv, the long-standing girlfriend of Will (Jude Law's character). Rafi Gavron, in his first major film role, portrays Miro. The role, that of a young "traceur", and the burglar to which the film's title partly alludes, requires Gavron to perform several difficult physical feats.
The film, shot and set in King's Cross, a blighted, inner-city neighbourhood of
London, examines an affair which unfolds between a successful British landscape architectand Amira, a Bosnian woman – the mother of a troubled teen son – who was widowed by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The filming location for Amira's flat is Rowley Way, South Hampstead, London; other locations are the Primrose Hill, Camden Lock Marketand Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill.
It is a presentation of
Miramax Filmsand The Weinstein Companyand was distributed in the U.S. by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM).
"Breaking and Entering" premièred on September 13, 2006 at the Toronto International Film Festival. [cite web | url=http://archives.torontointernationalfilmfestival.ca/home/default.asp | title=2006 Toronto International Film Festival]
Will Francis (Jude Law), a young Englishman, is a landscape architect living a detached, routine-based life with his Swedish-American girlfriend Liv (Robin Wright Penn) and her behaviourally challenged daughter Bea in London. The 13-year-old girl's irregular sleeping and eating habits as well as her unsocial behaviour (she has trouble relating to people and seems only interested in doing somersaults and practising her gymnastics) reach worrying proportions and start to put a lot of strain on Will and Liv's relationship. Complicating the situation further is his feeling of being shut out of their inner circle since Bea is not his biological daughter. He and Liv start relationship counselling, but their drifting apart continues.
Simultaneously on the business front, Will's and his partner Sandy's state-of-the-art offices in the Kings Cross area are repeatedly burgled by a group of Slavic language speaking thieves. They employ a 15-year-old traceur named Miro (Rafi Gavron) whose acrobatic skills allow them to enter the building. Miro is actually a refugee from Bosnia living with his Muslim mother Amira (Juliette Binoche) who works as a seamstress while his Serbian father was murdered during the war.
Though they're puzzled about the burglars' ability to disable the alarm, the two architects are not particularly worried after the first break-in, mostly writing it off to the neighbourhood's dodgy reputation. However, after the second one they decide to stake out the building after hours hoping to find the culprit and alert the police. Being out of the house on nightly stakeouts actually suits Will just fine, allowing him to get away from the cold atmosphere of his household. He even strikes up a strange acquaintance with an Eastern European prostitute named Ouna (Vera Farmiga) who hangs around the area every night. Spotting Miro attempting to break in one night, Will attempts to follow him. This pursuit leads Will to the flat where Miro lives with his mother Amira. Realizing their modest living means he decides not to report his findings to the police, but goes back to Amira's apartment under the guise of having a suit that needs mending.
He soon becomes emotionally entangled with her, causing him to re-evaluate his life. Conflict arises when the police close in on the burglars, and Will must make a crucial choice which will affect the lives of everyone around him.
Jude Law... Will Francis
Juliette Binoche.... Amira Simić
Robin Wright Penn.... Liv
Rafi Gavron.... Mirsad "Miro" Simić
Martin Freeman.... Sandy
Ray Winstone.... Bruno Fella
Vera Farmiga.... Oana
Poppy Rogers.... Bea
Juliet Stevenson.... Rosemary
Branka Katić.... Tanja
Velibor Topić.... Vlado
Gabriel Yaredand Underworld collaborated on the film's original music score.
*The techniques used to burgle Green Effect come from
parkour, a physical discipline and recreational activity of French origin whose practitioners are called "traceurs". Sometimes confused with free running, a related discipline derived from parkour, the art, as it is called by some practitioners, has gained in popularity in urban areas, particularly in Europe, during the early 21st century.
* [http://www.breakingandentering-movie.com/ Official website]
* [http://imdb.com/title/tt0443456/externalreviews External Reviews] at IMDb
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0443456/trailers "Breaking and Entering" trailers] at IMDb
* [http://www.live.canoe.ca/Videos/Showbiz/Movies/2006/09/13/1834768.html Breaking and Entering's ensemble cast] at TIFF, by Andrea Miller /CANOE Live
* [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=breakingandentering.htm "Breaking and Entering"] at
Box Office Mojo
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