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An IRA volunteer tries to leave his life of violence behind -- only to discover it's waiting for him in America -- in this drama based on a story by leading man Stephen Rea. Dowd (Rea) is a convicted terrorist with the Irish Republican Army who is serving a sentence in a prison in Northern Ireland. While his girlfriend Roisin (Maria Doyle Kennedy) patiently waits for his release, Dowd feels that he has no real future to offer her; the path he's chosen in life is not an easy one to move away from. After a visit from Roisin, Dowd is returning to his cell when he finds himself in the… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Andrzej Sekula's cinematography is a poetic, masterful presence."
‑ Ed Kelleher, Film Journal International
"if you haven't seen a film this month with an ex IRA hero, you won't go wrong with "The Break.""
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The two central characters are not the only ones who wish things had been different. I, for one, would have liked to laugh. Or cry. Or at least be entertained."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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