Last night, after a wonderfully sunny day spent touring around Jane Austen’s home in Chawton with my friend Beth, I decided to settle for a quiet night in as a way of unwinding. Looking on BBC iplayer, I came across Breaking and Entering which looked like something I would enjoy.
Breaking and Entering tells of an architect, Will Francis (Jude Law) whose office building in Kings Cross keeps getting burgled by an eastern European gang, but most particularly by Mirsad “Miro” (Ravi Gavron), a teen from Sarajevo, who uses some pretty nifty parkour techniques to get into the building. Alongside this stress from being burglarised, Will has to deal with his girlfriend, Liv (Robin Wright Penn) and her autistic daughter Bea (Poppy Rogers), who likes to hide batteries in her box and doing gymnastics.
Will and his partner, Sandy (Martin Freeman), decide to stake out their office building and meet prostitute, Oana (Vera Farmiga), who climbs into the back of their car offering her services for £50 whilst going on about the only way to trust a man is to get him to put on a condom.
One night after a fight with Liv, Will is staking out his office and sees a break-in in progress. He leaves his car, with Oana inside, and chases after the boy, following him until he comes to an estate (which was also featured in an episode of Silent Witness). As the story unfolds, Will begins an emotional (eventually turning into a sexual) affair with Miro’s mother, Amira (Juliette Binoche), who is unaware that her son has been stealing from Will and that Will knows. Their relationship ends and Will is forced to admit that he was looking for love outside (his relationship with Liv) and thought he had found it, but then realised he hadn’t.
What I liked most:
What I liked most about this film was that it was a simple quiet film, correctly billed as an emotional drama. The story is beautiful written and filmed by the late Academy Award Winning director, Anthony Minghella, who manages to strike the perfect balance between drama with a slice of comedy that doesn’t overdo it. The cast has an interesting mix of veterans such as: Jude Law, Robin Wright Penn, Juliette Binoche, Ray Winstone and Vera Farmigo; as well as newcomers such as: Ravi Gavron, and a then newcomer, Ed Westwick (of Gossip Girl fame). The soundtrack also did a tremendous job in aiding the film without overpowering it and really rounded the film up.
I also enjoyed the fact that Jude Law starred (hey, who doesn’t want two hours of looking at such a hot man?), although towards the end of the film, I couldn’t help but feel as though he was playing a version of himself. I mean, after everything that happened whilst he was with Sienna Miller, one can’t help but think that perhaps Will is Jude’s alter ego. I also loved Martin Freeman, who I must admit, I never really appreciated before, and his cutesy bear-type demeanour – just watching him remind me of my own Bear, what with their similar light brown hair/ beard/ fur thing. His budding romance with cleaner, Erika (Caroline Chikezie), is the cutest and funniest thing to watch, juxtaposing against the main, somewhat strained tension, of the rest of the script. Interestingly, Will shows how to get a woman to bed/ stop a fight (by planting a kiss on her lips or speaking in metaphors), which I felt again, made it seem as though Jude Law was playing a variation of himself; and found it sad how easy it is to ‘seduce a woman into submission’. This aside, I loved the film and would highly recommend it!
If you have any time free before 17th May, make sure you give this film a watch on BBC iplayer, or why not rent it for a quiet night in under the duvet. Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.