The Broken (film)

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The Broken
The Broken poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sean Ellis
Produced by Lene Bausager
Written by Sean Ellis
Starring Lena Headey
Asier Newman
Michelle Duncan
Melvil Poupaud
Richard Jenkins
Music by Guy Farley
Cinematography Angus Hudson
Edited by Scott Thomas
Release dates
  • 18 January 2008 (2008-01-18) (Sundance Film Festival)
Running time
88 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom[1]
Language English

The Broken is a French-British horror film written and directed by Sean Ellis and starring Lena Headey.[1]


Gina McVey is a radiologist who is enjoying dinner one evening with her family and her boyfriend Stefan when a mirror shatters for no apparent reason. After a few moments, no one thinks much of it, but the next day Gina is leaving work and she sees something even more troubling—a woman who looks just like her, driving a car identical to her own. Curious, Gina sneaks into the doppelganger's apartment and sees a photo of herself and her father in the hallway. Seriously rattled, Gina runs out and drives away, only to get in an accident that lands her in the hospital. After she's released, Gina asks Stefan if she can stay with him, but while he looks the same, his personality and behavior are quite different from the way she remembers him, and she begins having vivid nightmares, which become all the more terrifying when the same horrific images begin popping up in her waking hours.

Determined to solve her bizarre dilemma, and realizing her family has been exposed to unspeakable danger, Gina fluctuates between grim resolve and manic despair as her odd mystery begins to unfold once she begins to retrace her steps.

Gina soon discovers that entities have escaped from a mirror broken earlier in the movie and are doppelgangers of her friends and family, killing them and taking their places. She tracks down her own double and finds her dead. Gina then remembers that she is the mirror double and killed her other in the first scene when they met, only to forget it after getting into a car accident. She remembers her true self and comes to terms with it, then her mirror father shows up outside her house. She signals that it is she. At work, she runs into her brother, who takes a long look at her and then runs away as he realizes she is a mirror double of his real sister.



The film premiered on 18 January 2008 as part of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.[2] It also was the first choice in Horrorfest 2009[3] and was part of Sitges Film Festival 2008,[4] where Angus Hudson won the award for Best Cinematography.[5]


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