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Dirty Filthy Love (2004)

A man's life falls apart as a result of his affliction with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome in this touching and funny tale.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mark Furness
... Nathan
... Kathy
... Stevie
... Alison
... Charles
Ebe Sievwright ... Tom
... Gareth
... Josh
... Charlotte
John O'Mahony ... Dr. Dunphy
Daniel Kruyer ... Cabbie
... Rhodri
... Hasim
... Geraldine


A man's life falls apart as a result of his affliction with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Tourette's Syndrome in this touching and funny tale.

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An obsessive compulsive comedy


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Rated R for sexual content, brief nudity and language

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26 September 2004 (UK)  »

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Грязная любовь  »

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1.78 : 1
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One of the writers of this screenplay, Ian Puleston-Davies, drew on his own experiences as a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. See more »

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Funny, engaging, truthful, heartbreaking.
26 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

The ever-impressive Michael Sheen plays Mark Furness. We meet Mark as he is just coming to terms with his illness: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Tourette's Syndrome. The increasing toll his illness takes is the breakup of his marriage and the loss of his job as an architect. He joins a self-help group where he meets Charlotte (played by Shirley Henderson) who clearly is the correct partner for him, who happens to be similarly afflicted, but he still obsesses after his estranged wife, amongst other things.

As someone with a close relative who suffers from OCD, I was suspicious of this TV film. I thought it may be either insensitive or on the other hand schmaltzy. I was pleased to find out that the film was neither. I suspect one or both of the writers and/or the director is familiar with OCD as the film is funny without being exploitative and heartbreaking without being schmaltzy.

The greatest credit has to go to both Michael Sheen and Shirley Henderson, the lead actors. Both were absolutely excellent when the temptation for some actors in this position could have been to go over the top. Michael Sheen is sure to be a big name soon.

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