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



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Average Rating: 3.2/5

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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?


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.

Dec 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Although there is nothing really new here, an honest sense of humanity wins out.

Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Parker and Harry Eden, the boy who plays her precocious-by-necessity son, elevate Pure from a tedious cautionary tale to a wrenching drama.

Aug 5, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Molly Parker is an extraordinary actress of the ordinary.

Jul 7, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a good film that really knows its subject.

Jun 20, 2005

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.

Jun 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Pure

[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]

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