78 minutes. Documentary.
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Best social-political documentary of 2010. Won the prestigious Donald Brittain Award.
Set in a pawnshop, the cinema verite masterpiece tells the story of the unlikely friendship between a cynic pawnbroker and his sweet but psychopathic assistant.
Broke. is a complex, powerful cinema verite account of the day to day life in a pawnshop. The documentary gives us an intimate glimpse into a world most of us luckily do not have to know. Although often as funny and surprising as a sitcom, it bluntly points to the hardships and desperations of the marginalized. As the pawnbroker states: “You don’t see it in your rarified living conditions, you don’t see how the poor people live, unless you come here. Tragic some of it."

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