I have been trying to make my way through Cillian Murphy’s filmography since I have a few gaps. I recently gave the Neil Jordan directed film Breakfast on Pluto (2005) a watch. The movie is based on a book by the same title written by Patrick McCabe. McCabe assisted with writing the screenplay also.
Breakfast on Pluto showcases the glamorous 70’s
Murphy plays Patrick “Kitten” Braden, a transvestite that was born and raised in a small and extremely conservative town in Ireland. After learning the secret of who her parents are (the priest of the local Catholic church and one of the maids that had worked there) she sets out to find her mother and break away from her restrictive community. I love Liam Neeson as Father Liam. Brendan Gleeson and Stephen Rea show up to fill in some of the cast.
The film does a fun job portraying the era it is set in: the glamorous 70’s. There are plenty of bell bottoms and discos but this film also incorporates the Irish Republican Army and the political violence that was used to try to achieve the freedom Ireland wanted. Kitten encounters a lot of danger not only due to her sexuality but the unrest that surrounds her. She finds herself in quite a few situations that could have easily become ridiculous but the writing does a great job of ensuring they are never far fetched or unbelievable. I appreciate that this character is so unwavering in who she is.
The movie does clock in at just over two hours but I never felt like it ran long. Bonus points for the way the film is separated into many (36 or so) chapters and the cute animated robins that pop in and out of the film to help with some chirpy narration. Even though I do not think this film is for everyone I do give it the rating: Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy.