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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.

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Cast

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Morgan Jones ...
Building Site Worker
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Father Liam
Mary Coughlan ...
Housekeeper
Conor McEvoy ...
Ruth McCabe ...
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Seamus Reilly ...
Peter Owens ...
Butcher
Emmet Lawlor McHugh ...
Bianca O'Connor ...
Paraic Breathnach ...
Pat McCabe ...
Peepers Egan / Schoolmaster (as Patrick McCabe)
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A young transwoman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age in the 1970s. She leaves her Irish town, in part to look for her mother and in part because her transgender nature is beyond the town's understanding. She's taken in by a rock band, falls for the lead singer, has brushes with the IRA, is arrested by the London police, works in a peep show, and poses as a survey researcher for the phone company. Throughout, her nationality and her nature put her at great risk. In her search for her mother, she makes surprising discoveries of friendship and family. But, will she survive? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Same world, different planet!

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Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 January 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Desayuno en Plutón  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$33,279 (USA) (18 November 2005)

Gross:

$828,699 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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Trivia

Cillian Murphy said it took a lot of work to get the high pitch of the Nancy Sinatra part of the song "Sand" which he performs with Gavin Friday. See more »

Goofs

A copy of the board game Scotland Yard by Ravensburger is in the stack of games inside of Billy's mother's caravan (mobile home). That game was originally produced in 1983. See more »

Quotes

Eily Bergin: Oh, I'm all wet, Father. What are you doing down there, Father? Are you playig squidgy with the Fairy Liquid?
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: [voice over, while writing the essay about his conception as he imagines it in class] But she was soon to realise it wasn't Fairy Liquid he'd been playing with down there.
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: [aloud, writing the words below his finished essay] The End.
Patrick "Kitten" Braden: [voice over] No, it wasn't Fairy Liquid at all.
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With thanks to the people of Callan Co., Kilkenny See more »

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Referenced in Supertwink (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Quiet Man
(1952)
Composed by Victor Young
Performed by The Dublin Screen Orchestra
Conducted by Kenneth Alwyn
© Victor Young Publishing Inc.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited
© Silva Screen Records Ltd.
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5 March 2006 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

This film is about a transvestite on one level, but it is also a lot more: it's about, belonging, being, loving and being loved. What could have been a one-dimensional caricature becomes a three dimensional movie in the hands of a good director like Neil Jordan, and actors such as Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, and Cillian Murphy (who is magnificent).

Cillian Murphy imbues Patrick "Kitten" with growing dignity as he/she matures through the film, and at the end she has become a self-assured woman, who has 'found' family, her mother and father, and a meaning in life.

The film does not shy away from the Irish-English conflict, either, and the prejudice directed against "Paddy" is appalling, reminiscent of "In the Name of the Father." It is not for the faint-hearted, be aware! Costumes and music of the late 60's / early 70's are both equally impressive. There is an excellent soundtrack.

In all, I found the film quirky and uplifting; a friend with me pronounced it "depressing". Whatever, it needs to be seen and Provo's an interesting view of the times in which the story is set. Judge for ourself.


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