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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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Lorcan O'Niell
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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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17 September 2008 (France)  »

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£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.: There is duality in everything.But perhaps I should ask myself this question: Am I consciously or unconsciously, actively or passively,collaborating at this very moment with some behavior that is destined to wreak havoc on another human being?
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Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

When I Was a Little Spy
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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Madonna fails again at her big screen ambitions
20 July 2009 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

As a director Madonna's understanding of subtlety and nuance is akin to a stiff punch to the gut. She doesn't get it at all. Incomprehensible at times and pretentious in others, there isn't that much reason to watch it. I skipped some of the more arduous scenes that were hard to get through. Doing this made the movie easier to watch.

The immigrant storyline which takes place in London is mildly interesting. The problem is that Madonna doesn't know how to bring her ideas and observations together in a way that makes enough sense. This lack if comprehension for the story she is trying to tell coupled with her inexperience as a director leads to on screen confusion and annoyance.


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