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:: Breaking And Entering

Jude Law plays Will, a landscape architect who succeeds in business but finds his personal life is tougher to navigate. He has been with Liv (Robin Wright Penn) for years, but it's difficult to connect with her due to her worry over her teenage daughter. When Will catches a teenage boy named Miro (Ravi Gafron) breaking into his office, he chases the thief home. He later meets the boy's mother, a Bosnian refugee played by Juliette Binoche. His anger at Miro is quickly transformed into attraction to his mother, further complicating his relationship with Liv.

Breaking and Entering is in the best tradition of European film. It's a simple plot but complex story, with nuances of character having a profound effect on decisions and behaviour. It's a much more sombre, complicated film that treads into ambiguous territory than your run-of-the-mill adultery drama.

The highlight of the special features package is the feature-length audio commentary by Minghella, in which he engagingly describes the development of the story, the shooting process, his rationale for directorial choices, and lots of trivia. This is an excellent commentary with almost no lulls, and Minghella respects the intelligence of the viewer enough not to merely describe what's happening onscreen.

A thought-provoking, and ultimately very satisfying, exploration of communication and yearning, Breaking and Entering is a quietly affecting movie, one that sneaks up on you and makes you care deeply about its players without knowing or expecting it.

DVD Extras

• Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Anthony Minghella
• Making of Breaking and Entering
• Six Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
• Theatrical Trailer