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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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Tom Murphy ...
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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
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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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The film's unit was tiny - one truck for camera, props and make-up and one minivan for the cast and crew. 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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wonderful film
29 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this film twice and I really enjoyed it. I think that you cannot really compare it with Cowboys and Angels or Intermission (both of which I enjoyed) because it is much more surreal at times, the script is much less plot-driven and more focused on characters. It taps into a different cinematic tradition, much more 'European' than either of those two film. O'Halloran has an ear for language and accent, and allowing his characters to say some beautiful (simple) things: Paul says, frustrated, 'why can't things be easy, why can't we just be...relaxed'. It's not just about heroin addicts - it's about Dublin's invisible population, post-Celtic Tiger, those we don't want to deal with. The guy from Bulgaria takes some abuse from them and he replies 'who are you?', meaning they, i.e. two Irish men, are every bit as undesirable as he is. The humour in the film often consists of laughter that shocks you. The film is drawn out partly because the day in the life of an addict is very long and finding a score is SO important to them. The shock at my own relief when they did score was very apt in the film and I think skilfully done. It never preaches, just lets these sad characters be themselves. The cinematography is beautiful: Dublin comes out as a city of contradictions, with dirty back streets - where the Down's Syndrome boy is robbed - are juxtaposed with the flashy new 'Millenium Bridge', where Adam and Paul enjoy their hit. I do not consider this an "Irish" film and that is not why I would recommend it: it is beautifully scripted, acted and directed. It is just a great movie.


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