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17 September 2008 (France) See more »
A comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Eugene Hutz ... A.K.

Holly Weston ... Holly

Vicky McClure ... Juliette

Richard E. Grant ... Professor Flynn
Inder Manocha ... Sardeep

Elliot Levey ... Business Man

Francesca Kingdon ... Francine
Clare Wilkie ... Chloe

Stephen Graham ... Harry Beechman
Hannah Walters ... Business Man's Wife
Shobu Kapoor ... Sardeep's Wife

Ade ... DJ

Guy Henry ... Lorcan O'Niell
Nunzio Palmara ... Nunzio
George Keeler ... Frail Man

Tim Wallers ... Mr. Frisk

Olegar Fedoro ... A.K.'s Father (as Olegar Fedorov)
Luca Surguladze ... Young A.K.
Steve Allen ... Mikey
Shakeel Orr-Deen ... Sardeep's Child 1 (as Shakeel Orr-Dean)
Anya Chowdhry ... Sardeep's Child 2
Harley Sobraj ... Sardeep's Child 3
Iman Muneer ... Sardeep's Child 4
Yasmin Muneer ... Sardeep's Child 5
Amar Thethi ... Sardeep's Child 6
Mickey Drameh ... Beechman's Club Owner
Tracey Simmonds ... Pole Dancer
William Musyk ... Club Owner
Marina Baldewnkova ... Club Owner Girlfriend
Eliot Ferguson ... Gogol Bordello: Drums
Roland Price ... Ballet Teacher
Elizabeth Sun ... Gogol Bordello: Percussion / Dancer
Shawn Holmes ... Pianist
Evgeny Nikolaev ... Gogol Bordello: Vocals
Oren Kaplan ... Gogol Bordello: Guitar

Pamela Racine ... Gogol Bordello: Percussion / Dancer
Sergei Ryabtsev ... Gogol Bordello: Violin (as Sergey Ryabtsev)
Yuri Lemeshev ... Gogol Bordello: Accordion (as Yury Lemeshev)
Thomas Gobena ... Gogol Bordello: Bass
Lorea Hernandez ... Ballet Dancer
Maria Irisarri ... Ballet Dancer
Nouska Hanly ... Ballet Dancer
Ivan Putrov ... Ballet Dancer
Layla Harrison ... Ballet Dancer
T. Rene ... Ballet Dancer
Fiona Robertson ... Ballet Dancer
Jolice Truter ... Ballet Dancer
Amber Doyle ... Ballet Dancer
Lauren Adams ... Ballet Dancer

Penelope Sharp ... Ballet Dancer
Caroline Crawley ... Ballet Dancer
Claire Anne Elliott ... Ballet Dancer
Julien Roussel ... Ballet Dancer
Benjamin Ord ... Ballet Dancer
Fiona Jopp ... Ballet Dancer
Olivia Jenkins ... Ballet Dancer
Elena Poris ... Ballet Dancer
Heather Craig ... Ballet Dancer
Mayumi Yoshida ... Ballet Dancer
David Murley ... Ballet Dancer
Danibelle Bryce ... Ballet Dancer
Luana Nalah ... Ballet Dancer
Angela Harding ... Ballet Dancer
Lucy Dean ... Ballet Dancer
Rebecca Emmett ... Ballet Dancer

Elena Buda ... Ballet Dancer (as Elena Hardy)
Katrina Hawkins ... Ballet Dancer
Joanna Woodliffe ... Ballet Dancer
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Directed by
Writing credits
Madonna (written by) &
Dan Cadan (written by)

Produced by
Angela Becker .... associate producer
Nicola Doring .... producer
Madonna .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Tim Maurice-Jones (director of photography) (as Tim Maurice Jones)
Casting by
Daniel Hubbard 
Production Design by
Gideon Ponte 
Costume Design by
B. Akerlund  (as B)
Makeup Department
Dejan Cekanovic .... hair stylist
Irene Christophis .... assistant makeup artist
Sinden Dean .... makeup designer
Vesna Giordano .... prosthetic makeup artist
Randolph Gray .... assistant hair stylist
Yin Lee .... makeup assistant: additional photography
Melanie Szabo .... assistant makeup artist (as Melanie 'Mel' Szabo)
Koji Takayanagi .... hair assistant: additional photography
Franco Vallelonga .... assistant hair stylist
Xabier .... makeup assistant: additional photography
Production Management
Sue Hiller .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Fernandes .... first assistant director
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Andrew Mannion .... third assistant director
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Simon Bysshe .... additional boom operator
Paul Carter .... sound effects editor
Matthew Collinge .... supervising sound editor
Sebastian Dale .... assistant sound effects editor
Arthur Fenn .... boom operator
Ben Greaves .... additional production sound mixer
Mikael Hasler .... boom operator (as Mike Hasler)
Simon Hayes .... production sound mixer
Robin Johnson .... boom operator
Michael Maroussas .... dialogue editor
Adam Mendez .... sound re-recording mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Danny Sheehan .... supervising sound editor
Tim Surrey .... sound assistant
Special Effects by
Vesna Giordano .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Ellora Chowdhury .... telecine producer
James Cundill .... online editor
Jean-Clement Soret .... digital colourist
Pat Wintersgill .... online editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Tash Gamper .... first assistant camera
Guy Hazel .... focus puller
Mark Packman .... electrician
Dominic Rau .... key video assist
Gary Varney .... gaffer
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
Casting Department
Kay Gannon .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison McLaughlin .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Andrews .... negative cutter
Sabine McDonald .... negative cutter
Kelly Smith .... negative cutter
Transportation Department
Guy Bostock .... picture car coordinator
Mickey Gocool .... driver: minibus
Other crew
Claudia Cimmino .... production coordinator
Tim Davies .... assistant location manager
Denise Furano .... assistant: M
Karen Gottlieb .... production attorney
Keith Hatcher .... location manager
Tee Lapan .... production coordinator
Jamie Lengyel .... location manager: additional photography
Elliott Meddings .... assistant location manager
Chris Morgan .... location scout
Tiffany Olson .... choreographer
Angie Pontefract .... script supervisor
Matt Ridley .... set runner
Winston Thomas .... security: Madonna

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wonderlust" - Japan (English title)
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UK:81 min (PAL Version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Directorial debut of pop star Madonna.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Graduate (1967)See more »
Gypsy Part Of TownSee more »


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Don't Particularly Like Madonna...But This Film? Certainly Different, Entertaining & Quite Under-Rated!, 22 October 2013
Author: KissEnglishPasto from Pasto, Colombia

Here's something we can ALL add to our own personal laundry list of labels/notions/concepts we ALL harbor about Madonna: She is a helluva lot better director than she is actor! Of course, maybe that's not really saying much, so make that: "Light Years Better Director Than ACTOR!"

Madonna has been constantly re-inventing herself for over 25 years. That's what she does. This is, by far, her most surprising, most interesting and most promising re-invention to date. She is credited as Director, Co-Writer and Executive Producer. Who else but Madonna would come up with a Title like FILTH and WISDOM?

This is her baby. She has a lot invested in WISDOM receiving, at the very least, a modicum of both commercial and critical success. Quite frankly, I think it would be well-deserved! Madonna is both a micro-manager and a perfectionist. It's easy to see both of these traits reflected in the final cut of WISDOM. The overlay of the music tracks with the visuals is truly inspired and borders on pure genius! Perhaps this aspect was just a tad too In-Your-Face!, but knowing Madonna and her excesses, I would say some of them were rather low-key, considering their origin.

Madonna has populated her film with a cast of starkly contrasting, singularly unique, true to life, rather dark and believable characters. Eugene Hutz is nothing short of phenomenal is his intricate and amazing characterization of the dominatrix by day-Ukranian folk/punk fusion band leader by night! The most shocking aspect of FILTH and WISDOM? Surprisingly, perhaps just the title! In retrospect, maybe a bad choice, considering it might scare off a lot of potential viewers who otherwise would have enjoyed its relatively inoffensive and aesthetically pleasing rendition.

There is no escaping this fact: Considering WISDOM is a first effort, we must give credit where credit is due and say that, all considered, the Material Girl has turned in a rather surprising and oddly entertaining piece of work! 8*....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!

Any comments, questions or observations, in English or Español, are most welcome!

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