Broken Lines (2008)



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An affluent Jewish man living in the suburbs with his loyal fiancée experiences a life altering crisis of conscience following the death of his father in director Sallie Aprahamian's introspective drama. Jake (Dan Fredenburgh) is a successful property developer engaged to me married to the beautiful Zoe (Olivia Williams). To this point in his life Jake hasn't really questioned the decisions that he's made or the relationships he's maintained, though when his father dies unexpectedly, he is gradually drawn back to the inner-city neighborhood of his youth. As a young boy, Jake's father had owned a tailoring business in the city. Now as Jake goes back to explore his old haunts, he strikes up a casual friendship with local waitress B (Doraly Rosa) that quickly threatens to develop into something much more serious. But B, too, is involved in an outside relationship, hers with ailing ex-boxer Chester (Paul Bettany), who suffered a stroke in a recent fight and now relies on her for care and support. As Jake and B both wrestle with the anxiety and guilt brought upon by their mutual attraction, they are forced to weigh their trepidation over causing pain to their respective significant others against the prospect that their burgeoning relationship may be their only chance for ever finding true happiness. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi


Critic Reviews for Broken Lines

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

There's a stonking cast - Paul Bettany as the waitress's disabled partner, Rita Tushingham as a knackered caff worker, Olivia Williams as the glossy fiancee - but they're saddled with dialogue sagging with thematic relevance or site-specific colour.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Broken Lines is flawed but affecting, and despite its occasional slips into melodrama, Bettany consistently resets the tone, making the film worth seeing for his performance alone.

Nov 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Broken Lines is a marvellous showcase for Bettany, a useful calling card for Rosa and Fredenburgh, and something for the rest of us to chalk up to experience.

Aug 6, 2018 | Full Review…

[Bettany's] tour de force performance lights up the screen more than anything else.

Sep 30, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

Sincere but poorly scripted and badly acted by leads Dan Fredenburgh and Doraly Rosa.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Broken Lines is all about Bettany, who gives a fantastic performance. But even he can't paper over the cracks.

Sep 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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