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Filth and Wisdom (2008)

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A comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London.

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Professor Flynn
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Business Man
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Lorcan O'Niell
Nunzio Palmara ...
Nunzio
George Keeler ...
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Storyline

In London, A.K. is a Ukrainian Gypsy, seeking fame as a rocker, doing odd jobs: he's a dom, drives a hack, and runs errands for his neighbor, a poet full of self pity since going blind. A.K's flatmates are Holly, a ballerina who becomes a reluctant stripper in need of coaching, and Juliette, a pill-popping assistant at a pharmacy run by an Indian tired of his marriage. Juliette, estranged from her family, dreams of helping the poor children of Africa; A.K. has a crush on Holly; Juliette's boss lusts after her. Her hapless sister calls from time to time. The poet despairs. Is there a route from filth to wisdom for these souls? Can they find fun and fulfillment? A.K. provides philosophical comment. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Release Date:

17 September 2008 (France)  »

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Ithiki kai hydaiotita  »

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Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,597 (USA) (17 October 2008)

Gross:

$22,406 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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Directorial debut of pop star Madonna. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Juliette is talking to A.K and is angry at him she is wearing suspenders. However, when the camera pans to the back of her head her suspenders are not visible. See more »

Quotes

Professor Flynn: The road to success is paved with humiliation. The sooner you accept that, the easier the journey will get.
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Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

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Bassar (Spanish Car Service Special)
Written by Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat p/k/a Balkan Beat Box
Performed by J.U.F.
Published by 26f RPM (ASCAP), Bluma Music (ASCAP) & Muskatlove Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Stinky Records, a division of Stinky Co, Inc.
Taken from the album "Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat"
Performed by J.U.F.
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nothing wrong with this one, mo matter what people say
20 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

If you're a Madonna fan, you'll probably be disappointed with this one. And i guess there are a lot of non-fans out there who can hardly wait to disparage the movie. Nevertheless, Ms Ciccone did a good job in her directorial debut.

Filth and Wisdom is clearly not a masterpiece, yet there is nothing wrong with this movie. It is the matter of personal preferences whether you like it or not. Besides, it features Eugene Hutz, whose role confirms everything you thought about him while listening to his band Gogol Bordello.

I assume the story is partially based on Madonna's experience as a struggling artist after her arrival to New York. More than that, i see it as a subtle competition with her then-husband Guy Richie, since some aesthetic similarities with RocknRolla (2008) are visible, apart from the setting. She proved him she can direct a movie, divorced him and moved on with her life...


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