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BROKEN

Director : RUFUS NORRIS

Status: Completed

Synopsis
Short synopsis

Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. But after witnessing a brutal beating, the happy certainties of childhood give way to fear and danger.

Long synopsis

Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door after his daughter accuses the boy of rape, and Skunk's innocence begins to be drained away at a speed and in a way she cannot control. 

Her home, her neighbourhood, her school - all become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to a fear-filled doubt, and a complex, broken world fills her future. Skunk seeks solace in the last remaining place where she knows she can find it - the unspoken friendship with sweet, damaged Rick - and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place she was never promised, or to leave it entirely - to live or to die. 

BROKEN is a powerful, captivating and heartbreaking exploration of love in all its many forms: idealized, unrequited, unwanted, and, ultimately, unconditional.