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Release Date:
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
Evgeny Nikolaev ... Gogol Bordello: Vocals
Oren Kaplan ... Gogol Bordello: Guitar

Pamela Racine ... Gogol Bordello: Percussion / Dancer
Shawn Holmes ... Pianist
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
Katrina Hawkins ... Ballet Dancer

Elena Buda ... Ballet Dancer (as Elena Hardy)
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
Xabier Celaya .... makeup assistant: additional photography (as Xabier)
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
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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84 min | UK:81 min (PAL Version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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.: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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofs The Graduate (1967)See more »
Me NasadjomSee more »


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18 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Very Disappointing, 17 February 2009
Author: from United States

OK, so let me just say that I came into this as a huge fan of Eugene Hutz and Gogol Bordello and while I don't enjoy her music, I like Madonna's persona and was very excited to see the film.

On the upside, this movie did have some interesting ideas on, well... filth and wisdom, sex work and art. Unfortunately, the story-telling vehicle meant to get us to these ideas was so appalling that Mr. Hutz had to narrate them to us fairly explicitly. For ideas to work in a film WITHOUT an engrossing storyline, those ideas better be pretty profound (which these aren't) otherwise it just looks like the amateurish work of an angsty teen (which this did).

To make it all the more disappointing, the character set ups were GOOD. I wanted to like and know about each of the three protagonists and their relationships to each other. Unfortunately, everything goes downhill after we meet them. Their back stories are only hinted at, their motives and personalities one-dimensional and their stated relationships lacked the slightest chemistry. The secondary characters were worse.

So, what happened and who do we hold accountable for ruining this film? Someone was handed a great cast to play exciting characters, a nice little premise and some passable thematic ideas and yet it bombed. The real achievement of this film is that it managed to be as unwatchable as it was. The only real reason to sit through this pile is for the the sheer erotic thrill of seeing Eugene Hutz as a male dominatrix, and if that doesn't get you rocks off, then I'd just skip it all together.

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