on June 10, 2005 by Kevin Courrier
After the daring and imaginative leaps taken by movies like "Drugstore Cowboy" and "Trainspotting," it's hard to be terribly moved by the drab, crabby drug melodrama of "Pure."

Mel (Molly Parker) is a young widow and heroin addict whose become totally dependent on her dealer, Lenny (David Wenham). When Mel's friend and fellow addict dies, her son, Paul (Harry Eden), tries to get Mel to quit. "Pure" is about their struggle to overcome both the heroin and the relentless pursuit of Lenny.

Molly Parker is a prodigious talent who fills the role with an urgent awareness of what Mel's doing to herself. Harry Eden is also quite resourceful as Paul, especially in the stealthy looks he gives a cute waitress he has a crush on (Keira Knightley). But director Gillies MacKinnon ("Regeneration") gives us kitchen-sink realism with far too much drama going down the drain. Starring Molly Parker, David Wenham, Keira Knightley and Gary Lewis. Directed by Gillies MacKinnon. Written by Alison Hume. Produced by Howard Burch. An Indican release. Drama. Unrated. Running time: 96 min

Tags: Molly Parker, David Wenham, Keira Knightley, Gary Lewis, Gillies MacKinnon, Alison Hume, Howard Burch, Indican, Drama, widow, heroin addict, death, struggles

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