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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

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Holly
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Juliette
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Professor Flynn
Inder Manocha ...
Sardeep
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Business Man
Francesca Kingdon ...
Francine
Clare Wilkie ...
Chloe
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Harry Beechman
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Business Man's Wife
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Sardeep's Wife
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DJ
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Lorcan O'Niell
Nunzio Palmara ...
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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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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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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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.: When I die, I'm going to go straight to Heaven. And you are going to ask me why. Did I pray enough? No. Did I share enough? Not really. Was I humble enough? Definantly not. So what makes you so sure you're going straight to Heaven, you ask. And I will tell you: because I told the truth.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.77 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Secret Garden
Written by Madonna and Andre Betts
Performed by Madonna
All rights administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) on behalf of itself and Webo Girl Publishing and Warner-Tamerlane Publishing (BMI) on behalf of itself and Nuff Loot, Inc.
Courtesy of Sire Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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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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