Intermission (2003)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  16 April 2004 (USA)
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A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.



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Deirdre Molloy ...
Woman in Shopping Mall
Derry Power ...
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Neilí Conroy ...
John Rogan ...
Tom Farrelly ...
Gerry Moore ...
Seamus Ruane


Intermission is an urban love story about people adrift and their convoluted journeys in the search for some kind of love. When the desperately insecure and emotionally inarticulate John breaks up with Deirdre to 'give her a little test' his plan backfires leaving her broken-hearted and him alone and miserable. Through chance and coincidence, their break-up triggers a roller coaster ride of interweaving escapades in the lives of everyone around them. Intermission presents a slice of life, the passage between breaking up and making up, exploring how our lives intersect, and the power we all possess to affect the lives of those around us. Written by Mark Cameron

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£146,220 (UK) (29 August 2003)


$107,343 (Australia) (4 June 2004)

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Dublin Comedy
8 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed "Intermission" which is set in Dublin. It has a great cast who play lovable losers who take themselves too seriously. Their antics make for a funny and entertaining film. There are a number of different plot lines but the characters are all connected somehow. In some ways it's like a comic version of Babel. Dubliners seem to have a limited vocabulary and every adjective seems to begin with F, so it's not a family film. But it's fast paced and should make you laugh.

The film starts when John (Cillian Murphy) decides he needs a break or intermission from Deirdre, (Kelly Macdonald) his girlfriend. She then makes John jealous by going off with Sam (Michael McElhatton), a married bank manager. Sam's wife of 14 years (Deirdre O'Kane) having been dumped embarks on a program of revenge, including sex with John's best friend, Oscar (David Wilmot). Jerry (Colm Meaney) is a police detective who likes beating people up and listening to Celtic music. He convinces a TV producer to make a documentary about his life. John and Oscar both work in a supermarket where their boss Mr. Henderson (Owen Roe) is a pompous twit. Deirdre's sister Sally (Shirley Henderson) was recently humiliated by a former boyfriend and sports a impressive mustache. Lehiff (Colin Farrell) is a thug who wants to rob Sam's bank. He is a friend of John and together they plan a bank robbery. Finally, there's Mick (Brian F. O'Byrne), a bus driver who is fired from his job and joins the gang. It's all good fun.

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