Breaking and Entering

Breaking and Entering

Anthony Minghella (2006)

15 Certificate
Sat 2 Sep 11:55pm - 2:05am AMC from BT


Our Score
Writer/director Anthony Minghella (The English Patient) has assembled an impressive international cast for this thoughtful adult drama. The film captures the cultural and social maelstrom of the King's Cross area of London, while probing the emotional confusion of a young architect working on its regeneration. After opening an office in the heart of the district, Will (Jude Law) is infuriated when two break-ins occur in quick succession. Meanwhile, his long-term relationship with his Swedish-American partner Liv (Robin Wright Penn) is in difficulty. He mounts his own night watch at the offices and follows one of the young thieves home - the rooftop acrobatics of the young thief are especially impressive, albeit that they are laboriously counterpointed with the gymnastics of Liv's troubled daughter. Instead of reporting him to the police, Will begins a tentative relationship with the boy's mother, Amira (Juliette Binoche), a Bosnian refugee who works at home as a tailor. This is an intelligent and articulate drama, but it is weighed down by an excess of metaphors about breaking (and mending) things, and ultimately seems cold and overly contrived.


A landscape architect starts spending his nights in his newly opened London office to catch the thieves who repeatedly break into the property. After following one of the burglars home, he meets the youngster's mother, a refugee from Bosnia, and the pair embark on a passionate affair. Anthony Minghella's drama, starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright, Martin Freeman and Ray Winstone.

Cast & Crew

Will Francis Jude Law
Amira Juliette Binoche
Liv Robin Wright
Sandy Martin Freeman
Bruno Fella Ray Winstone
Oana Vera Farmiga
Rosemary Juliet Stevenson
Bea Poppy Rogers
Director Anthony Minghella
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains swearing and sex scenes.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Nov 2006