Yes, part of this Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Michael Collins) film does happen in Ireland, but it is definitely not your typical outing from Mr. Jordan. The 'troubles' in Ireland are just a simple plot device in the film and not the main theme. However, another one of Jordan's favourite themes – a man who is just slightly effeminate – is part of this film. Neil Jordan is one of our greatest directors and he has another triumph with this film. The pacing and cinematography are excellent. There are just so many shots and scenes that could only have been done by Jordan. It is not a wide audience type film, but it definitely is an interesting and good one. Breakfast on Pluto weaves a magical story that seems as you are watching it to be almost like a dream or a fairy tale. There is almost this innocence or lightness to a film which in actuality is about a the serious topic of self-discovery and actualization. Nothing in it seems very 'real', but that is probably due to the performance of Cillian Murphy. He is great, so much so that you cannot really picture anyone else doing the role justice. His portrayal of Kitten, a cross-dressing young Irish man on a search for his mother, is subtle, nuanced and he is the most unlikely hero to hit the screen in a long while. I am convinced that only because it was a super strong year in Best Male Actor category at the Oscars he was not nominated. Murphy really makes you care for this weird, unusual, soft-spoken yet quite brave, and lovable character. It was incredibly brave for him to take on this role which calls for him to portray an incredibly effeminate character, but he definitely does Jordan and the picture justice. The picture will fail or succeed based on his performance and he is triumphant. It also must be mentioned that a man should never look that gorgeous while portraying a woman; it is just not fair, dammit! The film is not really about the character finding himself/herself, but really about knowing who you are and not changing that for anyone. Oh, and watch out for the interesting cameos by musicians Bryan Ferry and Gavin Friday.
A young boy is left on the steps of Father Bernard's (Liam Neeson – Nell, Kinsey) church and he doesn't seem all that surprised about it. He places the boy child with Ma Braden (Ruth McCabe – Rory O'Shea Was Here, Circle of Friends), who lives with her until he is a teenager. It is Ireland in the 1970s and Patrick "Kitten" Braden (Cillian Murphy – Red Eye, Batman Begins) is a foster child who dreams of meeting his birth mother. He dubs her the 'Phantom Lady'. It becomes obvious to all that Patrick is a woman trapped in a man's body. His way of dressing (as a woman, but in outlandish outfits) makes him different from everyone and not always appreciated in Catholic Ireland. His only friends are a girl named Charlie (Ruth Negga – first feature film) and Irwin (Laurence Kinlan – Veronica Guerin, Angela's Ashes). He gets romantically involved with a singer named Billy (Gavin Friday – Disco Pigs), but it ends when Kitten discovers that Billy is involved with the IRA. Kitten decides to move to London in the hopes of finding his mother there. As opposed to Ireland, for the most part, Kitten fits right in in swinging London. Life becomes one adventure after another for Kitten.
-Previews of 3 Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Art School Confidential, Cache, Why We Fight, Capote, The White Countess, Thumbsucker, Junebug, The Passenger, Memoirs of a Geisha, London, The Dying Gaul, The Squid and the Whale, and The Tenants
-Behind the scenes of Breakfast on Pluto