Gender and Identity in British Cinema
Breakfast on Pluto
Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle
United Kingdom, 2005, 128’, color
English with Turkish subtitles
Set in the 1970’s, Breakfast on Pluto follows the exploits of Patrick Braden (Murphy), an endearing but deceptively tough young man. Abandoned as a baby in his small Irish hometown and aware from a very early age that he is different, Patrick survives this harsh environment with the aid of his wit and charm, plus a sweet refusal to let anyone and anything change who he is. Jordan weaves a wonderfully surreal and magical tale to bring us this funny, moving and poignant rite of passage account of a young man enduring the trials and tribulations he faces with a smile and unwavering faith in the inherent goodness in us all.