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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:

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Did You Know?

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.: When I die, I'm going to go straight to Heaven. And you are going to ask me why. Did I pray enough? No. Did I share enough? Not really. Was I humble enough? Definantly not. So what makes you so sure you're going straight to Heaven, you ask. And I will tell you: because I told the truth.
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Connections

Spoofs The Graduate (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Me Darava
Written by Alexander Kolpakov
Performed by Kolpakov Trio
Courtesy of the Rroma Foundation
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Very Disappointing
17 February 2009 | by kate-v-davisSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian | Hindi

Release Date:

17 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Filth and Wisdom 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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