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A working-class youth, Paul (Harry Eden), struggles through adolescence in London after the death of his father. His mother, Mel (Molly Parker), is hooked on heroin and isn't able to look after Paul or his younger brother, and Paul fears being abandoned altogether. Paul strikes up a friendship with a young waitress, Louise (Keira Knightley), but she too has severe drug problems and can't offer Paul a reliable foundation. Paul nevertheless tries to keep the family together.

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  • Feb 19, 2012
    Pure is a dark and gritty drama about drug addiction and the bonds of family. The story surrounds a 10-year-old boy who's struggling to keep his family together and to help is mother beat her drug addiction. Molly Parker and Keira Knightley both give solid performance, but it's Harry Eden's performance that carries the film. Eden gives a truly compelling and moving performance that's heartbreaking at time as his character suffers the abuses of his mother, who's suffering from withdrawal. The film has some storytelling issues that cause the film to drag and wander a bit, which breaks up the momentum. Pure presents an interesting view of a family's battle with drug addiction, but it has some problems staying on message.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2009
    Cast: Harry Eden, Molly Parker, Keira Knightley, Vinnie Hunter, David Wenham, Nitin Ganatra, Levi Hayes, Rupert Procter, Bronson Webb, Kate Ashfield, Marsha Thomason, Tyler Smart, Geraldine McEwan, Gary Lewis Director: Gillies Mackinnon Summary: In the wake of his father's untimely death, 10-year-old Paul (Harry Eden) must become the man of the house, caring for his younger brother and sick mother Mel (Molly Parker). When bullies taunt Paul by calling his mother a junkie, the boy soon realizes that the medicine he has been preparing for her is really heroin. Keira Knightley appears as a crack-addicted waitress in this bleak family drama set in West London. My Thoughts: "It's very rare when you get a film that is so spot on with addiction and the tribulations it causes not only the person with the addiction, but also for their families. The little boy Harry Eden was very good in this film. A great young talent to take on such a harrowing character. Some of the scenes that take place are a bit shocking. For instance, when Paul is preparing his mother's "medicine", at least that is what he believes it to be. Another is when Mel is on the bus with her two son's and her friends daughter. I was shocked and furious at what Mel does, but also relieved a bit. I won't say what happens, but for those who have seen the film you will understand. The film is gritty and raw and leaves nothing off the table when showing the honest glimpse in the life of an addict and a little boy desperately trying to hold whats left of his family together. All the performances are fantastic. This is one to see."
  • Nov 18, 2008
    i'm going to say it. it's hard to say it. i really am. no i'm not? yes, i am! oh no... Keira Knightley did some good acting. oh no, i can't believe i said it. i'm going to have to go and get my memory erased! aside from that... really gritty solid drama about heroin and family life
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  • Jul 23, 2008
    Aww. Keira Knightley makes friends with a boy whose mom is a drug addict.
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