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Pure

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Harry Eden, Keira Knightley, ...

Pure

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
96 minutes
Limited Release Date:
06/10/05
performer:
Harry Eden, Keira Knightley, Molly Parker, David Wenham
director:
Gillies MacKinnon
distributor:
Indican Pictures
author:
Alison Hume
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B

Keira Knightley smokes ”gear” — a.k.a. heroin — with a 10-year-old kid played by Harry Eden in Pure, a British drama filmed in 2002 and released now with Knightley’s china-shop mug all over the poster. Although it’s a supporting role, Knightley glows with the bound-for-glory newness of an emerging star. Pure, however, belongs to Eden, a remarkably strong child actor, and Deadwood’s Molly Parker, broken and affecting as his sweaty, gear-crazy mum. Though he throws a little too much whimsy into the Ken Loach-ian dramatics, director Gillies MacKinnon (Hideous Kinky) forges a very wrenching and believable bond between Parker and Eden. It seems like it would really suck having a smackhead for a mother.

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