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Two men fight to the death in a duel, apparently over an unfinished bowl of macaroni & cheese. Or is there more than meets the eye?

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Man in car
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Two men fight to the death in a duel, apparently over an unfinished bowl of macaroni & cheese. Or is there more than meets the eye?

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While shooting this movie, the director also had to keep shooting commercial video clips, his regular money job, because of the very low film budget. 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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21 February 2005 | by (Berlin) – See all my reviews

One of the best films at the Berlinale Film Festival. Gritty, disturbing with doses of black humour thrown in. The characters are likable and the film never dives into emotional manipulation. It's social realism at it's finest, creatively shot and brilliantly acted. Poignant and unforgettable.

The dynamics between the two characters are fascinating. Childhood friends, thrown together since age fourteen, living on the streets, without hope, full of despair, Adam constantly berates and yells at Paul but there is above all, a deep, lasting bond between them. They are despicable characters in so many ways, but there is such tragedy in their eyes and so much despair in their bones, and you end up feeling for them, and a certain innate understanding and empathy. They're outcasts with zero future. They're the "pathetic" people we walk past and ignore every day, and, in the film, they mesmerize.

Somebody said to me it's like Trainspotting without the humour. I'd say it's like Trainspotting, but without the over the top camera tricks, visualizations and the like. There is more social reality and despair, ala Mike Leigh. There is humour, but on a more subtle level.

It sticks with you.


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