Broken Lines

Directed by Sallie Aprahamian
  • United Kingdom
  • 112 minutes
  • 2008

Jake (Dan Fredenburgh) is a young Jewish man, an affluent, successful property developer, living with his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Williams) in suburbia. The death of his father provokes him to question the relationships he has with others in his life, and draws him back to the inner-city neighbourhood of his youth, where his father owned a tailoring business. He meets B (Doraly Rosa), who is waitressing at a café he frequents, and is drawn to her. B is also in a relationship, with Chester (Paul Bettany), an exboxer crippled after suffering a stroke in a fight, who is becoming increasingly dependant on her.

As Jake and B have to deal with the guilt and anxiety their mutual attraction causes, they recognise that it could have the potential for them both to find true happiness. Sallie Aprahamian’s debut feature is a mature, sophisticated and assured work that deftly avoids cliché, dealing with human emotions in a realistic and honest way. Filming on the streets of Finsbury Park, Rosa and Fredenburgh contribute an effecting script while also delivering committed, impressive performances, and they are ably supported by the credible ensemble cast.

Michael Hayden, London Film Festival Programme

Doraly Rosa, DanFredenburgh, Paul Bettany, Olivia Williams