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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 ...
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Derry Power ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Dialeimma  »

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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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Words and Music by Jolley, John, Swain and Ingram
Published by Sony/ATV Music, in arrangement with Elliot M Cohen for R & B Division and Universal Music Publishing Ltd
Performed by Imagination
Courtesy of The R & B Division Ltd
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Darkly Funny Gem
14 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Intermission starts with a bang and just keeps going, following the intertwined lives of its characters who are in search of either love, money or fame. This darkly funny Irish film speeds along, delivering numerous memorable scenes and a variety of interesting characters.

The dialog is sharp and the story carefully laid out. The direction shows a true love a film making - a desire to make something lively and entertaining and funny, yet truthful and touching.

Despite the multiple story lines and players, Intermission holds together, arriving at its final destination at just the right time. Not an ounce of fat to be found here, this is a well-crafted film.

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