Breaking and Entering Reviews
Along the way he gets led unexpectedly to the home of set thief and breaks into the life of his mother.
Strange, sad, beautiful and moving at times. Life can be so damn surprising sometimes. Perhaps this is a story of redemption or salvation of sorts.
Amazing acting from most of the actors in this film, the strongest I found being the roles played by Vera Farmiga, Robin Wright Penn and Juliette Binoche.
[font=Century Gothic]One night, there is a break-in at Will's office and the thieves steal every piece of high-tech equipment they can carry. One of them, a teenager, Miro(Rafi Gavron), also makes off with miniature figures from Will's demonstration model. Later, he is rewarded with Will's personal laptop computer and is fascinated by what he sees of Will's family on the computer, burning a disc of the personal images that he leaves at Will's office when it is robbed again.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Anthony Minghella, "Breaking and Entering" has the foundation of a good movie by having an urban architect become personally involved in the neighborhood he is working on but the movie is brought down hard by tedious melodrama, leaden pacing and dialogue so stilted even Robin Wright Penn cannot do anything with it. In fact, Minghella repeats the same pattern that led the promising "Cold Mountain" to ruin - cold, emotionless filmmaking with a couple of neat supporting performances to lighten things up.(In "Cold Mountain", it was Philip Seymour Hoffman and Renee Zellweger. Here, it is Vera Farmiga and Ray Winstone. Plus, Juliet Stevenson thankfully does have a cameo.) And the movie does end on a particularly bad note.[/font]