Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

In Amazing, based on novel, feel good, film, LGTB, political, Recommendation, Review, romantic on 01/07/2011 at 6:19 pm

The setting is small-town very Catholic Ireland in the 1970s. The protagonist is Patrick ‘Kitten’ Braden (Cillian Murphy), an exceptionally feminine boy – and although we’d say ‘trans-gender’ in these parts, I’d say it’s more fitting to say Kitten is a ladyboy. He was abandoned by both parents and by the time he’s supposed to finish high-school he can take no more and flees to London, in search of his long lost mummy; The Phantom Lady as he calls her. His journey towards relative happiness is harsh and strenuous most of the time, but his poetic soul seems capable of making anything feather light.

Breakfast on Pluto isn’t only a good watch because it incorporates the IRA and terrorism and the conservative views of the 1970s in catholic Ireland into the story. Murphy makes for a very exceptional, likeable, charming and highly eccentric Patrick/Kitten. It’s very difficult to escape the clichés of a feminine gay lad and portray an original one (Murphy is straight in real life, just so you know). It’s quite deserved that he was nominated for a Golden Globe for this part.


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