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The atmospheric and erotically chargedBreaking and Enteringreunites director Anthony Minghella with Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley,Cold Mountain) and the haunting Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, for which she and Minghella won Academy Awards). Law fully invests himself as pre-occupied landscape architect Will Francis, who with his partner (Martin Freeman from the original British version ofThe Office), is heading a gentrification project in London's seedy, crime-plagued King's Cross neighborhood. At home, he and Liv (Robin Penn Wright), his morose Swedish-American girlfriend of 10 years, are increasingly estranged over the demands of his job and of caring for Liv's autistic daughter, a 13-year-old aspiring gymnast. Will, hiding his identity, begins an affair with Amira (Binoche), the mother of a youth who has twice ransacked Will's office. Amira is a Bosnian refugee with a fierce survival streak that is not above blackmail when she learns who Will is. This is Minghella's first original screenplay since his little-known romantic gemTruly Madly Deeply. The dialogue has Woody Allen pretensions: A cleaning woman who comes under suspicion for the break-ins invokes Kafka. A prostitute (Vera Farmiga giving the film's liveliest performance) has a philosophical bent. Will himself ham-handedly explains how he much prefers metaphors to straightforward communication (he'd love this film's title). An art-house film with an A-list cast and wrenching performances,Breaking and Enteringcouldn't get arrested in theatres, but it is a fine addition toCrashand other liberal-minded "them and us" dramas.--Donald Liebenson
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CastJuliette Binoche, Vera Farmiga, Jude Law, Martin Freeman, Robin Wright
DirectorAnthony Minghella
Screen WriterAnthony Minghella
DVD Release Date:  May 8, 2007
Runtime:  120 minutes
Studio:  Weinstein Company
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review by . January 19, 2012
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I had not heard of this film until recently and its surprising that I have not. I am a huge Juliette Binoche fan. I also really like Jude Law, Robin Wright Penn and director Anthony Minghella very much. This is a very overlooked film. Juliette Binoche deserved another academy award nomination for this performance. I have seen her in many films and she never gives a bad performance. Meryl Streep is hailed as one of the greatest actresses of our time and I do agree. But Juliette Binoche surpasses …
review by . May 12, 2007
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Anthony Minghella is an artist of distinction. His current successful role as writer and director of BREAKING AND ENTERING once again demonstrates how subtlety and economy can enhance the impact of a well-devised and well-paced strange story, leaving the viewer with a true sense of dramatic climax and awe. This is one of those under the radar films that is as fine as any before the public in the past year.    Will Francis (Jude Law) is a successful landscape architect who with …
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