Pure (2002)

In Amazing, film, Recommendation, Review on 16/10/2011 at 8:13 pm

Kids and heroin in one film: not exactly the recipe of a feel-good flick. Yet, this modest production is very touching and very well balanced.

The 10 year old boy Paul (Harry Eden) is learning to make sense of his mother’s heroin addiction, and he befriends young waitress Louise (Keira Knightley) who likes taking the piss and also teaches him a bit more about the world. Paul is devoted to his mother (Molly Parker), who aside from her addiction is caring and sweet, but trapped by a nasty drug dealing pimp called Lenny. Paul is curious, very independent for his age and desperate to fix his little patch of the universe. It isn’t a pretty universe: it’s grey, tough poor and urbanised England.  Beauty is to be found in the simplest of things.

Knightley, who was only about sixteen when this film was made, and the young Harry Eden have a magical sort of chemistry between them which makes their friendship in this film so natural and engaging to watch. Besides, Eden does a simply brilliant job. I never get how some kids pull off being such tremendous actors so young. Also, it is quite refreshing to see a film about drugs that isn’t really about drugs, but about how people live their lives if drug addiction came to be in them.


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