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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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Harry Beechman
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Lorcan O'Niell
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Nunzio
George Keeler ...
Frail Man
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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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Budget:

£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$22,406 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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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.: Only when you eat a lemon do you appreciate what sugar is. Life is a paradox. But is it really? Is the contradictions in and around us really a form of dissonance, or just another word for "accord" in a language we are yet to discover? A language we are yet to learn. A language we have been deprived of. We live in a mistaken world, and it doesn't have to be so. You can be an academic and come to this realization by reading books, or you can discover this new rebel intelligence by waking up in ...
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Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

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The Stripper
Written and Performed by David Rose
Published by David Rose Publishing Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Verve Records
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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nothing wrong with this one, mo matter what people say
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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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