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Starring: Jude Law, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, Ray Winstone, Martin Freeman, Vera Farmiga
Director: Anthony Minghella
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scenes)
Year Made: 2006




- Feature Commentary with Director Anthony Minghella
- Making of Breaking And Entering
- Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical Trailer





Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Trad Mandarin/Bahasa/Korean/Portuguese/
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1/Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




From the Academy Award winning director Anthony Minghella (Best Director, The English Patient, 1996) comes an emotional and thought-provoking modern drama set against the backdrop of London's ever-changing landscape. Will, a successful landscape architect is on the brink of the most ambitious project of his career when he is suddenly pulled into a world he knows nothing about- and a mistake he can't erase.


You’d need a lot of patience to sit through this one. Known for his intellectual and heavy material like Cold Mountain (2003) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), English director Anthony Minghella teams up with bad boy Jude Law again in this urban drama thriller which looks good, but what a pity, difficult to digest for the casual viewer.

Law plays an architect who enters a whole new world he never knew about after his office was broken into (hence the title “Breaking and Entering” – you were expecting something naughtier?). The married man gets to know the thief’s mother, gets his life turned upside down and is forced to reassess his own set of values.

The synopsis already sounds heavy with its moralistic and emotional content, and to sit through a 118-minute movie where characters talk a lot (and have sex once in a while, giving it a M18 rating) will not be too appealing to the common movie-goer.

To be fair, the drama does play out thoughtfully, with its different character developments unfolding at a steady, if not slow, pace. Law is convincing as the confused corporate man, Robin Wright Penn (Message in a Bottle, The Pledge) is vulnerably empathetic as his wife, and the seasoned Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Paris je t’aime) gies a credible performance of a woman tortured by class warfare in the cosmopolitan city.

Benoit Delhomme’s (The Merchant of Venice, What Time Is It Over There?) cinematography of the cityscape is cold, unfeeling and appropriate for the movie. Gabriel Yared’s tender score is beautiful when played out against the passions of the movie. Important and pertinent social issues are explored and questioned in the movie. So what is it that makes the film so inaccessible?

Maybe it is the unrealistic drama settings; maybe it’s the meandering plot, or simply this reviewer’s lazy mind which refuses anything as intelligently profound as this film promises to be.


This Code 3 DVD contains a “Director Commentary with Director Anthony Minghella”, and it sure explains a lot of intellectual and deep considerations which the casual viewer will not have thought about. For instance, in his signature deep voice, Minghella talks about how foxes in London represent the lack of civilization between different worlds, and how he feels that there is an intense dislocation at home in London. There is also a lot of research done on this film, which conceptualization began 15 years ago.

The 12-minute featurette “Making of Breaking and Entering” has the cast and crew talking about how great it is to film on location at King’s Cross in London, and how the story’s significance about life-changing events impacted the cast.

There are also six “Deleted Scenes with optional Director’s Commentary” which clocks a total runtime of nine minutes. Included is also a “Theatrical Trailer” for the film.


The disc’s visual transfer complements the Delhomme’s luscious cinematography, while there are 5.1 Dolby English and 2.0 Stereo Thai audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


. Breaking And Entering (Movie Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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