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."
struggle with drug addition. The story drags in spots, but overall the
experience is worthy of a look. Harry Eden does a fantastic job (even
though the constant tongue movements drove me crazy), and the reason I even thought about watching this movie, Keira Knightley, holds her own as a strung out pal to the young lad.
Anyway Keira Knightley was pretty cute and lovely, even though I don't think she is the best choice for this character ; )
This is a must see film for anyone that likes to be emotionally touched whilst watching a movie..