Pure (2005)



Critic Consensus: This entry in the kitchen-sink realism genre is elevated by its strong performances.

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When class registration doesn't quite go as planned, a disheartened Misha sets her sights on Sam. Josh's feelings for her spin out of control. Misha unwittingly finds herself having to choose in life, love and destiny. Can she follow her heart and choose what's best for her?
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Critic Reviews for Pure

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Eden, who holds the film together by his winning presence and doughty performance, effectively conveys the effect of severe challenges that no child should ever have to face.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Los Angeles Times
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Although there is nothing really new here, an honest sense of humanity wins out.

Full Review… | September 23, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Parker and Harry Eden, the boy who plays her precocious-by-necessity son, elevate Pure from a tedious cautionary tale to a wrenching drama.

Full Review… | August 5, 2005
Denver Post
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Molly Parker is an extraordinary actress of the ordinary.

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a good film that really knows its subject.

June 20, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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Pure is made in the fine old miserabilist tradition of Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, but MacKinnon has a rare way with children and a poetic eye for even the drabbest inner-city habitats.

June 16, 2005
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Pure

Pure is an amazing film that almost nobody knows about. I think rottentomatoes messed up because the summary and poster of this movie are wrong. The cast is all mixed up as well. But that aside, this movie is extremely well acted, painfully realistic, and completely underrated. Paul's father has died, and his mother is a herione addict. He has a brother and lives in the ghetto part of London. His life sucks, and everybody thinks his mother is a junkie. She is trying to come clean, but she cant when the local drugdealer keeps popping up. So Paul is really struggling to keep his mother clean, and even gets high himself in the process. Things happen to this kid that no kid should have to deal with. It makes you cry for him sometimes. Now what really interested me was Knightley. She plays the pregnant junkie waitress Louise. She seems to be on the front cover of every poster, but she is a very secondary character. She is very good at her role (well of course, she is a talented actress), and you get to even care about her character as well. You want her to make the right choices and keep her friendship with Paul, because they both help each other in a way. This was Keira Knightley before she was Keira Knightley, it was before Curse of the Black Pearl, and she really shined in the movie to be honest. Her 15 minutes on the screen in all felt much longer and real than that. **Spoiler** I was sad to see her fall into prostitution at the end, and end her friendship with Paul. Her character was not closed very well, and I wish there could have been more. But like I said Louise is a secondary character, for the real characters are Paul and his mom. His mom is so keen to get off heroine that she ends up locking herself in her room (with food/drinks in there) and tells Paul not to open the door for a week. Paul obeys, and he hears things no child should ever hear from a parent. In his frustration from her evil words he hangs out with Louise, and when he comes back he finds that Lenny (the drug dealer) has opened the door and given her her heroine. Lenny is the cause for all sorts of trouble, he got Louise pregant, and wont let Paul's mom get clean. That is the basic plot of Pure. I am very glad I watched this movie. I am giving this movie a perfect review because A. Its painfully realistic and developed... B. It is very underrated. If this was a big film I might be a bit harder on it. The soundtrack, while stylish in the opening credits, just gets repeated over and over again. It gets very annoying, but that should not stop you for watching this brillaint movie. Pure--- 10/10

Mitch Milam
Mitch Milam

Depressing but extremely well acted and thoughtfully made. Excellent score, fine cinematography. Well written and directed. The characters are very well developed

James Higgins
James Higgins

[font=Century Gothic]"Pure" takes place following the death of Paul's father, making ten-year old Paul(Harry Eden) the man of the house, as his distraught mother(Molly Parker) has been seduced by Lenny(David Wenham), a drug dealer, and the narcotic allure of heroin. After the death of a family friend, Vicki(Marsha Thomason), she vows to go cold turkey in an attempt to kick the addiction for the sake of her family.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Pure" is an occasionally harrowing tale of addiction with an ending that is simply too pat, told from a child's point of view while at the same time not making the children emotional hostages. Here, drug dealers are portrayed as vampires preying on the weaknesses of others. Overall, the movie only rises above the ordinary due to Molly Parker's emotionally exacting performance.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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