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Breaking and Entering

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A landscape architect's dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life.


Studio Universal (Music)
SKU 204413922
UPC 796019801935
UPC 14 00796019801935
Format DVD
Release Date 5/8/2007
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Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Law,Jude
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Cast & Crew
Alex McDowell - Production Designer
Anthony Minghella - Director
Anthony Minghella - Writer
Benoit Delhomme - Cinematographer
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Jude Law - Actor
Juliette Binoche - Actor
Karl Hyde, et. al. - Original Music By
Lisa Gunning - Editor
Martin Freeman - Actor
Poppy Rogers - Actor
Rafi Gavron - Actor
Ray Winstone - Actor
Robin Wright Penn - Actor
Sydney Pollack - Producer
Vera Farmiga - Actor
Review It takes a director with serious clout to interest a studio in a story as personal and specific as Breaking and Entering. With such successes as The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Cold Mountain behind him, Anthony Minghella is just such a filmmaker. It's fortunate, then, that Minghella also had the vision and the smarts to turn what could've been a navel-gazing vanity project into something deeper and more soul-searching. Breaking and Entering is a well-crafted, memorably acted film whose timely resonance outweighs its occasional slips into pretension. It is, however, a movie for audiences patient enough to accept Minghella's dense, twisty storytelling, which unfolds at a more deliberate pace than the typical urban drama...Minghella is aided immeasurably by his excellent cast, especially Jude Law, who seems to get better with every film, and a radiant Juliette Binoche in one of her best performances.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Perhaps the kindest way to describe Anthony Minghella's Breaking and Entering is to say it's evident as being broken fairly early during the proceedings. There's no shortage of candidates for the fatal flaw: the artificial storyline; the presence of a ridiculously cliched character; the lack of chemistry between illicit lovers. Blaming one of these problems is probably unfair. The movie's failure is likely based on a fusion of all these, and perhaps a few others. Minghella has become known as a director of "chick flicks," primarily because of The English Patient and Cold Mountain. When viewed from a distance, Breaking and Entering would appear to fit into the same category, but there is a stark difference. In his previous efforts, Minghella created believable relationships between interesting characters. The same cannot be said of Breaking and Entering, where the situations are contrived and the key characters don't connect.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
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Actor Law,Jude
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Aisha Tyler (Guest Critic), Ebert & Roeper A sexy, thoughtful, smart film.
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times ...very good performances and solid construction...
David Denby, The New Yorker ...a gentle, bemused intelligence, the tone of British liberalism at its most open-minded.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune One of the more intelligent, better-made new movies around right now...
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer and smartly done...

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