Breaking and Entering (2006)

Love is no ordinary crime.

Blu-ray, 2h
Rating: 6.5
Votes: 21771
Languages: English, Serbo-Croatian
Country: UK, USA
Director: Anthony Minghella

Plot outline

A landscape architect's dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life.


A landscape architect's dealings with a young thief cause him to re-evaluate his life. - triclops

A mother and her daughter, a mother and her son, and a man living with one and attracted to the other. Miro, a teen from Sarajevo, lives near King's Cross with his mother; he's nimble, able to run across roofs, so his uncle hires him to break into office skylights, so the uncle can boost computers. Twice they steal from Will's architectural firm, so Will stakes it out at night. He follows Miro home and returns the next day and meets Miro's mother, Amira. At home, Will's relationship with Liv is strained - he feels outside Liv and her daughter Bea's circle. The stakeout and Amira's vulnerability are attractive alternatives to being at home. The police, too, watch Miro.

In London, the British architect Will lives with his Swedish mate Liv a worn-out relationship, without the former passion, consumed by the dedication of Liv to her autistic daughter Bea. The needy of love Will and his partner Sandy have an ambitious architectural project to improve the dangerous neighborhood of King's Cross where their firm Green Effect is located. The practitioner of parkour and refugee from Serbia Mirsade a.k.a. Miro breaks in Green Effect in the night to deactivate the alarm system to burgle computers and others electronic devices with a gang of compatriots leaded by his uncle. Will decides to stake-out during the nights to find the culprit, and he witnesses Miro trying to break-in the firm again. Will pursues Miro and finds his address, where Miro lives with his seamstress mother Amira. Will does not call the police, and on the next day, he visits Amira with the pretext of sewing a coat. Will gets closer to Amira, visiting her everyday, and more distant from Liv, When Miro finds that Will had been in his room, he tells the truth to his mother and she decides to give Will's laptop back to him. Will sexually desires Amira and she has an encounter with him to get pictures to compromise and blackmail him. - Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Will and Liv, a Brit and a Swedish-American respectively, are in a ten year common law relationship. They live in London with Liv's thirteen year old daughter Bea, who, although never officially diagnosed, probably suffers from autism. The only thing that seems to keep Bea happy is doing gymnastics. As Bea's autism seemed to be getting worse, Liv decided both to take her into a therapist for treatment, and to quit working to be a full time stay at home mom. To Will, their household is divided into Liv and Bea in a cocoon on one side and him on the other. Liv, on the other hand, sees Will as not being true in his heart as a father to Bea. This difference has broken Will and Liv's relationship. Bea is probably only one reason why Will and Liv have never married. Will and his partner Sandy own and operate their own environmental architectural firm. They are working on a major development project which they believe will transform King's Cross into a place where people truly would want to be, as opposed to the largely poverty stricken neighborhood it currently is. To prove their commitment to the neighborhood, they have located their offices in King's Cross. A spate of robberies occur at their offices, the thieves able to gain entry through the roof and have seeming access to the security code, even after it is changed. One of the thieves is fifteen year old Miro. He and his mother Amira are Bosnian refugees, who had to leave behind her husband/his father in Bosnia out of circumstance. Miro is a chronic truant, he hanging out with his paternal cousin and uncle, the latter the mastermind of the heists, instead of going to school. Amira wants to protect her son from all that is bad in the world, which she knows includes her brother-in-law and his family. Will at one time states that it takes something to be broken before it can be fixed. Will on one side and Amira and Miro on the other enter each other's lives initially in ways the others don't even know, but may have profound effects in hopefully mending the breaks in their respective lives. - Huggo