At the Cannes Film Festival, Tim Roth, best known for his bad guy roles, can be seen playing against type as a tender-hearted father in the British film Broken.
The film resonated in very personal terms for Roth, who was moved by the experience of working on a picture which depicted an incredibly close and functional father-child bond. He says: “It’s a relationship I never had. I have a great and loving father, and I have a great and loving mother, but I never had anything like that.”
Broken is a painful emotional drama interspersed with bouts of violence. At its center is an 11-year-old girl called Skunk who, in the face of some harrowing turmoil, retains a refreshing optimism.
Roth sees Broken as significant for British cinema. “It symbolizes what you want English film to start being again, imaginative but also grounded and sensitive and intellectual but a ride as well,” he says.
The actress who plays Skunk is 12-year-old newcomer Eloise Laurence, who’s drawn raves for her performance. But the overall verdict on the film among critics at Cannes has been somewhat mixed.
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