Given his success with blockbusters such as "Batman Begins" and "Inception", it may be surprising to see Cillian Murphy playing a more sensitive, non-villainous character. However, his role in "Broken" couldn't be further from the bad-guy parts he is often identified with.
"Broken" follows Skunk (Eloise Laurence), an eleven-year-old girl who lives in a London suburb with her father (Tim Roth), her brother (Bill Milner), and her nanny (Zana Marjanovic). One day, Skunk watches as her neighbor, Mr. Oswald (Rory Kinnear), violently beats a man named Rick (Robert Emms) after Oswald's daughter accuses Rick of rape. All of a sudden, Skunk's life is turned upside down as she gets sucked into the drama surrounding the incident and those involved. Amidst the chaos, she tries to find solace with the people closest to her, including her loving family and favorite teacher, Mr. Kiernan (Cillian Murphy).
Check out this exclusive clip of the film, in which Mr. Kiernan is suddenly attacked in front of his students.
The Rufus Norris-directed film premiered at Cannes in 2012 and won Best British Independent Film at the 2012 British Independent Film Awards.
"Broken" opens in limited release this Friday, July 19, and is also available on iTunes, Amazon and Cable VOD.