Friday, March 26, 2010

Pure (2002) NR - 3 Stars

The best part of this movie was the little boy Paul played by Harry Eden. I don't think he could have been any better at portraying what it must be like to be the son of a junkie and struggling to hold your family together. I wished however, that it might have been sub titled as it was hard to at times to make out the dialog with their heavy British accent. It's a sad look at drug addiction and the families that go through witness it first hand.

Paul is a young boy who's been through too much emotional drama fir his age. Still grieving hi father's death, he watches his mother Mel (Molly Parker), drift farther and farther into her loneliness while neglecting he and his younger brother. Paul has grown up quickly, becoming the man of the house at 10. Paul still believes in his mother and even takes a punch in the face when other's call her a junkie. Lenny (David Wenham), the town's local drug dealer, delivers his mother her medicine. But, when Paul finds out this "medicine" he's been preparing for mum is really Heroin, his anger takes him to the streets to find out how it feels. He turns to his friend from the coffee shop Louise (Keira Knightley), a pregnant waitress on crack, and asks her to buy some. When he produces the money, she shows him how to do it. When Mel sees the damage she has inflicted onto her son, she vows to clean up and become a family once again. But that's easier said than done.

Indican Pictures, Kudos Film & Television, Little Wing Films
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Writer: Alison Hume
Producer: Howard Burch
I viewed 3/10

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