Breaking and Entering

January 26th, 2007


Breaking and Entering

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Anthony Minghella in Breaking and EnteringStill of Jude Law in Breaking and EnteringMike Wallace at event of Breaking and EnteringStill of Jude Law and Juliette Binoche in Breaking and EnteringStill of Juliette Binoche and Rafi Gavron in Breaking and EnteringStill of Robin Wright in Breaking and Entering

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

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 6.6/10 (13,300 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Director: Anthony Minghella

Stars: Jude Law, Robin Wright, Vera Farmiga

A mother and her daughter, a mother and her son, and a man living with one and attracted to the other. Miro, a teen from Sarajevo, lives near King's Cross with his mother; he's nimble, able to run across roofs, so his uncle hires him to break into office skylights, so the uncle can boost computers. Twice they steal from Will's architectural firm, so Will stakes it out at night. He follows Miro home and returns the next day and meets Miro's mother, Amira. At home, Will's relationship with Liv is strained - he feels outside Liv and her daughter Bea's circle. The stakeout and Amira's vulnerability are attractive alternatives to being at home. The police, too, watch Miro.

Jude Law - Will
Robin Wright - Liv (as Robin Wright Penn)
Martin Freeman - Sandy
Juliette Binoche - Amira
Rafi Gavron - Miro
Ed Westwick - Zoran
Serge Soric - Driver
Velibor Topic - Vlado
Rad Lazar - Dragan
Ting Ting Hu - Wei Ping (as Ting-Ting Hu)
Romi Aboulafia - Orit
Poppy Rogers - Beatrice
Eleanor Matsuura - Ruby
Anna Chancellor - Kate
Lisa Kay - PC Primus

Taglines: Lie. Cheat. Steal. Love.


Official Website: Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 26 January 2007

Filming Locations: Alexandra Park, Haringey, London, England, UK

Opening Weekend: £364,886 (UK) (12 November 2006) (228 Screens)

Gross: $928,960 (USA) (22 April 2007)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Canada: (Toronto International Film Festival)  | Argentina:

Did You Know?

The last film directed by Anthony Minghella to be theatrically released.

Factual errors: When Will drinks the coffee the sex worker brings to him at midnight, "PRET" can be seen on the coffee-cup sleeve. However, the Pret A Manger at King's Cross closes at 8pm.

Will Francis: Hi. I'm sorry.
Liv: You smell of perfume.
Will Francis: Well, I don't know how I do.
Liv: Nor do I.
Will Francis: I love you.
Liv: Is that an answer?
Will Francis: It's the truth. I feel as if I'm tapping on a window. You're somewhere behind the glass but you can't hear me. Even when you're angry, like now, it's like someone a long long way away is angry with me.

User Review

Finding Light In The Darkest Places

Rating: 9/10

There is a compelling need for redemption in Anthony Minghella's characters. The need itself is so blatantly human that sometimes, you have to look away. The plea of the characters is as diverse as it is identical. Don't ask me to explain, I may ruin the whole thought just by trying an intellectual explanation when in fact it only makes sense viscerally. Jude Law is back in top form and I for one want to cheer. He is extraordinary. Extraordinary! Juliette Binoche's Bosnian mom is another miracle of truth in her already magnificent gallery of truthful characters. Her son, played beautifully by Rafi Gavron doesn't allow us to take anything for granted. Robin Wright Penn's Liv is truly Bergmanesque and provides the perfect icy foil for Jude Law's longing. I came out of the theater drained and reinvigorated. That in itself is a huge recommendation.


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