Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Breaking and Entering

While personally investigating a string of break-ins at his new office building in Kings Cross, a site chosen in hopes of stirring urban renewal, an architect (Jude Law) embarks on a plutonic relationship with a sagacious and unorthodox hooker (Vera Farmiga) and a physical one with a beautiful immigrant (Juliette Binoche), who is also mother to the teenager responsible for the burglaries. Breaking and Entering is a pretentious,  dialed down drama in what would be the last film from Anthony Minghella, the usually vital director who crafted such sweeping epics as The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Cold Mountain. Here he again teams with Law, who is solid as usual and manages to carry the picture while receiving fine support from Binoche and Martin Freeman, who plays his business partner.