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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

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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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.:Humanity seems to be divided into two categories. People trying to be good and people trying to be bad, but personally I don't see so much difference.If you spend your whole life as a saint, eventually you will crave the opposite and the filth will appear as an oasis in the desert but if you spend your life in the gutter, sooner or later you will be searching for wisdom. Like a pig sniffing for truffles.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Mary Poppins (1964)See more »
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16 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Witless, pretentious, bowel brained, 2 April 2009
Author: sneakygringo from Ireland

Jesus wept. I wish that was all I could say about this blundering, self-indulgent idiot of a movie. I am still reeling from the public humiliation meted out to Eugene Hutz and Richard E Grant in this, as another commenter so aptly described it, car-crash of a movie.

The script they were handed and the movie they ended up embroiled in was the equivalent of them being packed into a bright pink Lada, tweaked up to the gills on meth and viagra, naked, before being forcibly driven at top speed into an oncoming bus-load of school children, with a haul of child porn sitting conspicuously on the back seat.

Madonna's unmistakable, drooling brand of pretentiousness is smeared all over this particular steaming pile of waste. Although pretentiousness might be a bit generous, as that would suggest at least an entry level modicum of intellect with which she had to work with; this is unadulterated idiocy.

Watching this movie I was constantly reminded of that scene from A Fish Called Wanda where Klein, after being accused of being stupid, responds indignantly 'Do stupid people read Russian philosophy?'. Curtis' answer kept running laps around my attention span: 'Yes, they do, they just don't understand it.' This sums up the driving force behind the pretentious, empty-headed fumbles this movie attempts to make in an effort to inject it with some kind of profundity, the like of which will no doubt appeal to people who have never experimented with thinking before, but alas will leave anybody who can spell the word 'wheelbarrow' without spell check smacking their heads off the nearest hard surface with contempt for the foolishness being hurled in steaming handfuls at their functioning brains.

They spray-painted Richard E Grant's hair gray for crying out loud. Not content with humiliating the man through the woeful string of drivel that was disingenuously entitled a script, they physically marked the man's person to make him look as foolish as the movie itself. There should be some kind of association for prevention of cruelty to actors set up if you ask me, Madonna would surely get the chair for what she did to Hutz and Grant. For shame...

I've given this movie 1 point because I like Hutz and Grant, 1 point because I like Gogol Bordello who provide much of the music and style evident in the movie, and I would give it another point for the car-crash quality that kept me glued to it in disbelief, reveling perversely in how progressively terrible it kept getting by the second.

It's that kind of morbid fascination you get if you smell a really bad fart, disgusting, repulsive, but morbidly fascinating that it can actually be that bad and actually be getting more repellent. But since there are clearly people commenting here who insist on over-rating this nonsense, waste-of-time testament to Madonna's failed education, I will withhold that third point.

If you like Grant or Hutz, avoid this movie at all costs; it's like watching them ritually humiliated by an idiot in the crudest and most unfortunate of fashions for a length of time that could qualify for a human rights violation. You will weep for them. I wouldn't be surprised if Guy Richie decided to distance himself from his missus on the strength of having seen this movie alone.

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