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January 2007


by Krista Vitola


Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Director: Anthony Minghella
Producers: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, and Timothy Bricknell
Screenwriter: Anthony Minghella
Composer: Gabriel Yared
Cast: Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman, Ray Winstone, Robin Wright Penn, O.T Fagbenle



In Breaking and Entering, the lives of two unrelated families clash together when a boy, who belongs to a mob-like organization, steals computers from Will (Jude Law) and his partner Sandy’s (Martin Freeman) architectural firm. It is through Will’s (Law) discovery of the boy (the break-in culprit) that unravel a series of events connecting him to his mother (Juliette Binoche), breaking into the life of his culprit and eventually entering into self-discovery. At the same time Will is having difficulty with his partner Liv (Robin Wright Penn) and her attention-demanding daughter Bea whose lives seem totally disconnected from Will; unfortunately the more they search for an answer to their problems the farther and farther their relationship gets. It is through these break-ins (there are two) that cause each of these groups of people to find out who they are, the families they have created, and how some things certainly happen for a reason and it is through these events that we are given a second chance.

Director Anthony Minghella creates a story of theft, deceit and how these individuals have created friendships and lives based on these two elements. The cast of characters create a fundamental story that allow audiences to see how seemingly awful events can create a world of good and its up to those individuals involved to see this and make a difference. Jude Law and Robin Wright Penn flawlessly stimulate the dynamic of a relationship on the rocks in addition to being loaded with baggage. Penn’s conflicted and torn character is a foil to Juliette Binoche’s calm and meditative personality, playing the boy’s mother as well as Jude’s lover in film. Set in London, audiences are brought into the shady environment where Law’s office is located in contrast to the home he and Liv live in. A fast-pacing and thought-provoking film, Breaking and Entering calls in to question the “what if” in one’s life and how we deal with it when it becomes our reality.