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This entry in the kitchen-sink realism genre is elevated by its strong performances.
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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.
Although there is nothing really new here, an honest sense of humanity wins out.
Parker and Harry Eden, the boy who plays her precocious-by-necessity son, elevate Pure from a tedious cautionary tale to a wrenching drama.
Molly Parker is an extraordinary actress of the ordinary.
It's a good film that really knows its subject.
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.
derivative ... we've seen better
It is so well-acted that it deserves admiration, but some of its pedestrian plot elements drag it down toward mediocrity.
There are latchkey kids, and then there's Paul, the 10-year-old hero (there's no other word for it) of Gillies MacKinnon's powerful drama Pure.
You kinda wish something, anything good would happen to the kid. Maybe someone could get him some ice cream.
PURE offers a fascinating contrast between acting talent (Molly Parker) and star quality (Kiera Knightley).
In an award-worthy performance, [Eden] possesses the screen with ease and steals the entire film.
[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]"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]
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