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Breakfast on Pluto

Director: Neil Jordan


Returning to the boundless imagination of The Butcher Boy novelist Pat McCabe, Jordan here recreates Ireland’s turbulent 1970s as an odyssey of gender-bending possibility, courtesy of the irrepressible, cross-dressing Patrick ‘Kitten’ Braden (Cillian Murphy). Abandoned on a doorstep as a baby, an adult Kitten embarks on a quest to find her mother, moving from Northern Ireland to London as she hopes to escape terrorism and prejudice; both, however, prove inescapable as Kitten makes her way through a harsh and exploitative society. Murphy triumphs in the central role with a blend of determined flounce and bruised fragility, holding together a picaresque narrative which ultimately relinquishes momentum for in-the moment revelation. These moments are, however, memorable: Brendan Gleeson plays a psychotic Womble, Liam Neeson a sympathetically flawed cleric, and an IRA nerve centre is uniquely reimagined. Despite this fizzy stylisation, sight is never lost of the heartbreak and horror only just kept at bay.

Notes by Trevor Johnston.

Awards:
Best Lead Actor Award (Murphy) at the 4th Irish Film and Television Awards 2007.
Best Director Award at the 4th Irish Film and Television Awards 2007.
Best Script for Film Award at the 4th Irish Film and Television Awards 2007.
Best Hair & Make-up for Film at the 4th Irish Film and Television Awards 2007.

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