43. Breakfast On Pluto (2005) [Rated R for sexuality, language, some violence and drug use.]
summary from imdb.com:
In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick “Kitten” Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his trans-gender nature is beyond the town’s understanding.
directed by: Neil Jordan
starring: Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Gavin Friday, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea
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Cillian Murphy: So why did you come over, Charlie? Wasn’t just to see me. Was it something to do with Irwin?
Ruth Negga: You might say that. I’m pregnant.
Cillian: […] Does he know?
Ruth: You know all he knows about. Or cares.
Cillian: But you didn’t come here to have the baby?
Ruth: I came here to get rid of it.
Cillian: You have to tell him, Charlie.
Ruth: I can’t. He’s all f##### up. He’s… […]
[written on screen: 26. The Abortion]
Ruth: I can’t have it, can I, Paddy?
Cillian: No. No, you can’t.
Ruth: Irwin’s involved in s### I don’t even want to think about.
Cillian: I know.
Ruth: What would it turn out like, Paddy? You know what I mean, don’t know?
Cillian: It’d be an absolute disaster, like me.
Rachel Donovan: Now, I want you to read this leaflet. It outlines all aspects of the termination procedure.
Ruth: Termination? You mean this is an abortion clinic?
Rachel Donovan: Yes, of course it is.
Ruth: Hmmm, I thought it was a fertility clinic.
Cillian: I think she changed her mind. Thank you.
Ruth: You said it’d be a disaster, like you.
Cillian: Worse, probably.
Ruth: But I love you, you f###### disaster.
Cillian: Oh, Charlie.
Cillian Murphy: Come on, Charlie, push! push!
Ruth: I am pushing, Kitten, f### you! I am pushing!
Cillian: Beathe. Come on.
Ruth: It’s tearing me apart!
The Irish film, “Breakfast on Pluto” with Cillian Murphy, has a great scene in which a pregnant character (Ruth Negga) decides at the last minute to keep her baby. She’s waiting at the abortion clinic, prepared to go through with the procedure, when her friend (Murphy) makes an offhand comment that has a profound affect on her, and precipitates a change of heart. When the attendant comes over to talk to her, Negga’s character says with mock surprise, “This is an abortion clinic? Oh, I thought it was a fertility clinic!” then jumps up and hightails it out of there. It was funny, smart, logical, and took just a few minutes to move the story along (the baby becomes a key plot point).
We learn that Charlie is pregnant by Irwin (she doesn’t tell him). She then heads off to an abortion clinic with Kitten (who says it’s probably a good thing because the kid would probably end up screwed up like him), but that causes her to change her mind. We later see her with her baby and she’s happy.
My favorite movies have always been a blend of the comic and the tragic, or even of the comic and the serious. Breakfast on Pluto succeeds on both counts. There’s an indescribable sensitivity in the delicacy of feeling that Patrick displays when he discovers for the first time that he has a half-brother (also named Patrick) by his now married and pregnant mother, whom he can never acknowledge for fear of jeopardizing her marriage. And yet he remains in the vicinity, secure in the love and support of his father and tending to the child of his steadfast childhood friend Charlie (played as an adult by Ruth Negga), who has decided against an abortion because a foundling named Patrick has shown her that sometimes this kind of “accident” can turn out well.
In terms of movies, Breakfast on Pluto did a pretty decent job. The woman is young, poor, in very harsh circumstances, and lives in Ireland. She travels to England to get the procedure, and then decides that she really wants a baby after all, and the people around her acknowledge both choices are equally valid and they’ll be supportive of whatever she does.