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Excuse me. It's two Russians are staying here. Do you know which floor they're on?
Yes, I know which floor they're on.
[takes a banknote out of his pocket and holds it]
And which floor would that be?
[taking the banknote]
We've only got one floor.
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The critics didn't like this film. It bombed in the States and as a result received only a limited showing in Britain. Which was a great shame, because it represents British rather than American humour and should have been shown in Britain first.
Nicole Kidman looks stunning and is a totally convincing Russian. Ben Chaplin is the Dustin Hoffman character from 'The Graduate', and 'Birthday Girl' has at least 4 scenes which remind the viewer of that 1960s classic (despite being a totally different story!).
Sure it changes tack a number of times from comedy to black comedy to thriller to adventure - but it's memorable, moving and a weclome breath of fresh air compared to the average mega-budget blockbuster.
See it with an open mind!
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