WYSHW: Breakfast on Pluto
I feel this is an underrated film. Sure, Cillian Murphy received a Golden Globe nom, but there wasn’t much chatter after its release (and really no one pays that much attention to the Golden Globes). Based on the book by Patrick McCabe, Breakfast on Pluto is the story of Patrick “Kitten” Braden, a foundling in search of her mother in 1960’s Ireland. Kitten’s journey takes him from a strict Catholic upbringing to getting involved in The Troubles.
Just Kitten’s journey alone is worth the watch. The film is divided into short chapters about her life, stemming from her childhood in Tyrellin to her journey to London and back again. She runs away from home after writing an erotic story of her conception involving the local priest, hooks up with a singer in a glam rock band, becomes a prostitute, works in a fantasy park, becomes a magician’s assistant, gets arrested under IRA suspicion, works in a peep show, and then moves back home to aid her pregnant friend. Whew that was one long sentence.
Forget finding herself – she figured that out a long time ago – this was all to find the woman who abandoned her, the Phantom Lady who was swallowed up by the City.
What made this film stick out in my mind the most was Kitten’s character. Despite shunning from her family and community, she cannot deny who she is and keeps her head up through every situation. Even when brought in by the police after being caught up in an IRA bombing, she still presses on with a fantastic and enviable charm and whit, almost like an Oscar Wilde in heels (not that he didn’t on occasion but you know what I mean).
Breakfast on Pluto is a wonderfully unconventional film of love, loss and endurance. The performances are spectacular, especially from Murphy and Liam Neeson. And have I mentioned the music? The soundtrack is fantastic – it’s a great mix of sixties/seventies rock pop that mirrors the film perfectly. Just check it out.
Next time for What You Should Have Watched, another feel good chick flick that occurs in the course of a day.