Breakfast on Pluto

  • 15
  • Neil Jordan (2005)
  • Ire / UK
  • 123 min
Breakfast on Pluto
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Writer/director Neil Jordan revisits some of the themes from his earlier career - including transvestism and IRA terrorism - with this surreal rite-of-passage tale. Set in the glam-rock-soaked 1970s, this whimsical movie is based on the imaginative novel by Patrick McCabe, who also collaborated with Jordan on The Butcher Boy . It's the flamboyant yet poignant story of cross-dressing teen Patrick "Kitten" Braden (Cillian Murphy), whose determination to find his real mother leads to an outrageous series of misadventures. While crackling with political tension and sinister unease, events are largely played for laughs - albeit of the darkest variety. Aside from Murphy's delightfully exaggerated performance, there are a host of vibrant characters, including Stephen Rea's sensitive magician and Liam Neeson's emotionally tortured priest. Occasionally the film is too self-consciously left-field, but it's hard not to be won over by the sheer optimism of Jordan's colourful fantasy.

Plot Summary

Black comedy drama starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson and Stephen Rea. Abandoned by his mother as a baby, young Patrick Braden grows up with a taste for cross-dressing that causes consternation among his foster family in small-town Ireland. When he becomes a teenager, he assumes the identity of androgynous beauty "Kitten" and takes off on a series of flamboyant misadventures.

Cast and crew


Patrick "Kitten" Braden
Cillian Murphy
Stephen Rea
John Joe Kenny
Brendan Gleeson
Father Liam
Liam Neeson
Eily Bergin
Eva Birthistle
Mosher, 1st biker
Liam Cunningham
Mr Silky String
Bryan Ferry
Ruth Negga
Billy Hatchett
Gavin Friday
PC Wallis
Ian Hart
Laurence Kinlan


Neil Jordan

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 13 Jan 2006
Certificate 15