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Adam & Paul (2004)

Two drug addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.

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Gavin Dowdall ...
Boy at Flats 1
Luke Keeler ...
Boy at Flats 2
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Martin's Voice
Laurie Morton ...
Woman on Bus 1
Sylvia Murray ...
Woman on Bus 2
Gary Egan ...
Dylan Grimes ...
Shelby Clarke ...
Girl with plaits
Deirdre Molloy ...
Marian
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Orla
Paul Roe ...
Wayne
Thomas Farrell ...
Sleeping Bag Boy
Pierre Rodgers ...
Man in car
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Two drug addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.

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Director Lenny Abrahamson has stated that the two leading characters are inspired by Laurel and Hardy. See more »

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A young man with Down's Syndrome tells Adam and Paul he only has money for the bus and shows them some coins. People with disabilities in Ireland are given bus passes and do not require money for public transport. See more »

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Spin-off Prosperity (2007) See more »

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An unforgettable gem
5 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this film a couple of years back and had forgotten the names of the characters (a reflection on my memory NOT the film!). To my delight, I chanced to catch it again on TV this year.

Though it may help to have a liberal attitude, it's not necessary to be acquainted with the demi-monde depicted here to appreciate the truthfulness shown in its writing and execution. The dark humour is grotesque and incisive.... and very, very funny.

It might be easy to overlook the fact that the Down's Syndrome lad is actually an ACTOR doing his thing (because of the cringe-worthy nature of the scene here), but the incident serves to illustrate in a shocking way the amorality of the world that Adam and Paul inhabit. It's uncomfortable viewing, but its heart is in the right place.

That aside, there are more laugh-out-loud moments than the subject matter should hope to muster, and the senses of both pathos and revulsion at the end are masterfully combined. A truly unforgettable treat.


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