This a British/foreign flick that was directed by Gillies MacKinnon. I havent seen any of his other films but he does a tremendous job with this one. He captures the raw emotional presence in this film perfectly. It stars Harry Eden as Paul, the 10 yr old boy. Molly Parker as Mel the addictive mother, David Wenham (Faramir in the LOTR films) as Lenny the drug dealer, and Keira Knightley (Pirates of the Caribbean, Atonment) as Louise, a waitress who befriends Paul with a troubled past of her own. Eden for a young child does an amazing performance in this film, he carrries the film squarely on his shoulders the entire time. Parker and Knightley have great performances as well but its obvious who the real star of the film was and thats Harry Eden.
This film leaves such a powerful message on the viewer its hard not to feel the strength of the love between mother and son in this movie. It can get very dark at times and even throw some shocking moments at you as well. This is a must see for most people, if not more so to people who have dealt with this same problem as this may be the one film that can truly grasp the negativity and power drugs have on people and their familes. One side note that I want to add is the very unusual but unique musical score the film has, at times its almost like the movie is mocking itself but trying to add the presence of how the story might be told through a child's eyes.
Hard to look beyong Eden as the lead character young Paul in terms of best performance, although he's done little else except 'Dodger' in Polanski's Oliver Twist. Knightley, Parker and Wenham act well whilst it was fantastic to see Geraldine McEwan playing the gran role.
The film was set in London without being too overtly cockney (except the slightly pointless references to West Ham United) which was refreshing. Nice to have some scenes in a good old cafe too! Music score was a bit one dimensional but the main theme, repeated throughout, was pleasent enough.
More than anything though I actually cared about what was going to happen in the end. I can't say it moved me in any way but I felt I could relate to Eden and Knightley's characters in some strange way. It won't amaze you but it's worth a watch!
I highly recommend 'Pure' for its outstanding performances and its painful but necessary images.
Great performance from 12 years old Harry Eden (1st time on big screen) and Molly Parker, also 17 years old Keira Knightley, did a pretty good job in her role.