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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.

Director:

Madonna

Writers:

Madonna, Dan Cadan

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eugene Hutz ... A.K.
Holly Weston ... Holly
Vicky McClure ... Juliette
Richard E. Grant ... Professor Flynn
Inder Manocha Inder Manocha ... Sardeep
Elliot Levey ... Business Man
Francesca Kingdon Francesca Kingdon ... Francine
Clare Wilkie Clare Wilkie ... Chloe
Stephen Graham ... Harry Beechman
Hannah Walters Hannah Walters ... Business Man's Wife
Shobu Kapoor ... Sardeep's Wife
Ade ... DJ
Guy Henry ... Lorcan O'Niell
Nunzio Palmara Nunzio Palmara ... Nunzio
George Keeler 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian | Hindi

Release Date:

17 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ithiki kai hydaiotita See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,597, 19 October 2008

Gross USA:

$22,406

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,628
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Semtex Films, HSI Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (PAL Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Francine: Honey, you show me a beautiful girl and I'll show you a man whose tired of fucking her.
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Connections

Featured in Cinemadonna: Filth and Wisdom (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Saints And Dates
Written and Performed by Koby Israelite
Courtesy of Tzadik Records
Taken from the album "Dance of the Idiots"
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This is just Madonna's effort to cash in on a new popularity.
16 January 2009 | by mjrusso1See all my reviews

A profound idea and Madonna put together sounds like a futile attempt to mix water and oil, but, being a guy who likes both Hutz as an actor and indie film alone should all by itself be testament to my willingness to be open-minded about unusual forms of art and interpretation. So, I watched Filth And Wisdom with no preconceived notions even after reading so many bad reviews.

Now that I've seen it, I'll just say that this film makes no effort to force you to think and ask questions, but simply lays out the overall message up front then just goes through the motions of showing it. There were moments of potential, but at no point did I even remotely wonder how things might turn out for each character in the end. It just didn't occur to me to care enough.

In short, if you're a fan of Hutz's former roles in acting, no less Gogol Bordello, you'll probably enjoy seeing Hutz play himself in this role at most, which features a scene of Gogol Bordello performing at the end. Filth and Wisdom, however, doesn't even come close to what you might have walked away with in Everything Is Illuminated. This film is just Madonna's effort to cash in on a new spotlight that no longer shines on her, in my opinion.

If you have no clue who Eugine Hutz or Gogol Bordello is and can care less, on the other hand, I advise you avoid this movie all together..... unless you're on a drug that can make almost anything interesting.

Either way, don't expect much and you won't be disappointed.


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