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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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Juliette
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Sardeep
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Business Man
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Harry Beechman
Hannah Walters ...
Business Man's Wife
Shobu Kapoor ...
Sardeep's Wife
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Lorcan O'Niell
Nunzio Palmara ...
Nunzio
George Keeler ...
Frail Man
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Ithiki kai hydaiotita  »

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Box Office

Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,406 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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Trivia

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

A.K.: Humanity seems to be divided into two categories. People trying to be good and people trying to be bad, but personally I don't see so much difference.If you spend your whole life as a saint, eventually you will crave the opposite and the filth will appear as an oasis in the desert but if you spend your life in the gutter, sooner or later you will be searching for wisdom. Like a pig sniffing for truffles.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.77 (2012) See more »

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The Thieving Magpie
Composed by Gioachino Rossini (as Rossini) (Trad.)
Performed by Shawn Holmes
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Good movie, very underrated! See it for yourself!
19 February 2008 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

I really liked the film. I admit I almost didn't go to see it because of all the bad press, but Im happy I did. And for those who haven't seen it and consider not to based on all the criticism, you really should go and see it for yourself.

I wonder what these critics were really expecting? Something a little more Hollywood? And what do you consider to be a "good" movie, if you don't seem to like this one very much?

I found the movie to be very honest. The only part I wasn't so convinced of was the the blind guy, his facial expressions didn't match the character, I think he smiled too much.

But other than that, where is the problem? Have any of you ever worked as a Dominatrix or known any sex workers? Or professional dancers who turned to working at a strip club to earn a living? You say "cliché" but often clichés/stereotypes exist for a reason, because actual human beings (re)act in certain ways in certain situations.

I think Madonna should feel proud of her work here! It was inspiring in its way, regardless of what some might say.


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