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Landscape architecture partners Will (Jude Law) and Sandy (Marti Freeman) have recently relocated their successful business into a state-of-the-art studio office in the centre of London's King's Cross. It attracts the attention of a local gang of thieves, who repeatedly break in and steal. Meanwhile, Will is having relationship problems with his live-in girlfriend Liv (Robin Wright Penn) in part due to the stress caused by her autistic 13 year old daughter Bea (Poppy Roger). When Will sees one of the gang members Miro (Rifi Gavron) attempting to break into his office again, he chases the lad back to the apartment he shares with his Bosnian refugee mother Amira (Juliette Binoche). In a bid to investigate the burglary, Will gets to know Amira and soon they have an affair, further complicating his life.

Review by Louise Keller:
Anthony Minghella's romantic drama is a thoughtful work that explores relationships and the intangibles that form the distances keeping people apart. Minghella's first original screenplay since his debut 1991 feature Truly Madly Deeply, Breaking and Entering explores the premise that a burglary might result in something positive. There are metaphors and parallels as we meet two mothers each with a problem child, and a man who cannot find his way into the family circle. It's a good looking and refined cast with Jude Law playing a similar role to the one he played in Closer, Robin Wright Penn as his detached Swedish girlfriend and Juliette Binoche as the immigrant who comes between them. Emotions play the leading role as the two women use their nurturing instincts to mend what is broken.

The film begins with a burglary. It takes place in a swish and spacious architect's office in London's Kings Cross. The culprits? A group of immigrants who swoop on the office hardware intending to sell and profit. Fifteen year old Miro (Rafi Gavron) uses his athletic and acrobatic abilities to get into the building through the roof before letting his accomplices in through the front door. One of the laptops stolen belongs to Will (Jude Law), who exclaims his whole life is in fact on the laptop. He is referring to photos of his family, videos of his adopted daughter and personal items. It is these very items that attract the interest of Miro.

Breaking and Entering is emotional in an intellectual way. Emotions are discussed and dissected as the relationship between Will and Liv falls apart. The pressure of Liv's demanding, autistic 13 year old daughter Bea (Poppy Roger) draws them apart rather than uniting them, and Will is looking to find any excuse to stay away from home. His affair with Binoche's Bosnian refugee Amira simply happens. It is as though Will cannot stop himself, and is unaware of the inevitable consequences.

Binoche as always exudes warmth and is the catalyst in the shift in Will and Liv's relationship. Minghella directs with sensitivity while Benoit Delhomme's beautiful cinematography expresses all the pain and complexity of the relationships. The film unfolds leisurely and there is something absolutely pure about the emotion expressed in the final scenes. For the discerning, intelligent cinema lover.

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(UK/US, 2006)

CAST: Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone, Vera Farmiga, Rafi Gavron

PRODUCER: Tim Bricknell, Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack

DIRECTOR: Anthony Minghella

SCRIPT: Anthony Minghella


EDITOR: Lisa Gunning

MUSIC: Karl Hyde, Rick Smith, Gabriel Yared


RUNNING TIME: 119 minutes


AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 25, 2007

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