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Filth and Wisdom (2008)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 17 September 2008 (France)
A comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Flynn
Inder Manocha ...
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Francesca Kingdon ...
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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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Release Date:

17 September 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ithiki kai hydaiotita  »

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£3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Directorial debut of pop star Madonna. See more »


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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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Coda (from Don Quixote)
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Not the Worst Film...
2 November 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this last night On-Demand and although it was lacking in some others, I still found it worth watching. Eugene Hutz is fabulous in everything he does so I fully understand Madonna basically making this film to highlight him and Gogol Bordello. My main issue with the film was the lack of comradery between the roommates. They were supposed to be very close and I never got that impression. And there was basically no back story on any of the characters. But I do get what Madonna was trying to do with this. She just fell short a little. But I think she's on the right track. Also, one of the main characters, Vicky McClure was quite good. I would like to see her in more films. But definitely see this if you are a fan of Gogol Bordello.

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