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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 ... 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

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Cinemadonna: Die Another Day (And Other Cameos) (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Bassar (Spanish Car Service Special)
Written by Eugene Hutz, Oren Kaplan, Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat p/k/a Balkan Beat Box
Performed by J.U.F.
Published by 26f RPM (ASCAP), Bluma Music (ASCAP) & Muskatlove Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Stinky Records, a division of Stinky Co, Inc.
Taken from the album "Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat"
Performed by J.U.F.
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Better than a 5.1!
6 April 2009 | by chester_stainesSee all my reviews

I cannot ever recall writing a review on this site before, but I felt compelled to after looking up the average rating out of curiosity and seeing a score of 5.1. Generally for any given film I can put my own taste aside and guess within half a point what the IMDb general consensus will be. I'd have gone here for something like 7.4 ... (and rated it 7 myself). Maybe as some other reviewer's have suggested, people's judgement has been affected by the hype and media around this film. I was fortunate enough to watch it knowing nothing about it and enjoying the ride. I found Eugene Hütz's character completely believable and felt the film managed to steer way clear of being pretentious yet telling an amusing story. OK, so it's no Trainspotting, but then again it is something different and in my opinion, worth a watch!


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