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Running Time:
2 hours

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for sexuality and language

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This moody, stylish drama set in contemporary London has some fascinating scenes and excellent performances, but although it's somewhat contrived and overwrought, it's still an engrossing drama.

Additional Info:
Jude Law ... Will Francis
Vera Farmiga ... Oana
Juliette Binoche ... Amira
Robin Wright Penn ... Liv
Martin Freeman ... Sandy
Rafi Gavron ... Miro
Poppy Rogers ... Bea
Ray Winstone ... Bruno Fella
Mark Benton ... Legge
Juliet Stevenson ... Rosemary

Breaking and Entering
Jude Law plays Will, who's started an environmentally friendly landscape architecture firm in the seedy Kings Cross section of London with his partner Sandy (Martin Freeman). Their trendy warehouse office space proves to be a magnet for local burglars, particularly the acrobatic teen Miro (Rafi Gavron) who steals laptops and other technical equipment. For Will, these break-ins are simply a welcome distraction from his troubled long-term relationship with long-time girlfriend Liv (Robin Wright Penn), whose autistic teen daughter (Poppy Rogers) is very demanding and takes most of her attention. After following Miro home from one of his break-ins, Will insinuates his way into the life of Miro's mother Amira (Juliette Binoche), a Bosnian War refugee.

The film is essentially an examination of the distances between people, in this case the diverse residents of the changing London neighborhood, full of immigrant families, with their contrasting backgrounds. As a result, the film is full of important ideas and familiar themes; but writer-director Anthony Minghella ("The English Patient") has taken a simple story and made it into an obvious and sentimental melodrama.

The cast is quite good and both Jude Law and Juliette Binoche handle their conflicted characters beautifully, and Robin Wright Penn nicely conveys her inner turmoil without becoming a stereotype. The supporting players are even better, most notably fifteen year-old Rafi Gavron as the sympathetic young thief, Vera Farmiga as a humorous local prostitute, and Ray Winstone ("Sexy Beast") as a policeman. Although the film is a little contrived and overwrought, it's still an engrossing drama.

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