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A comedy centered on three flatmates living desperate lives in London.

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A.K.
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Holly
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Juliette
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Professor Flynn
Inder Manocha ...
Sardeep
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Business Man
Francesca Kingdon ...
Francine
Clare Wilkie ...
Chloe
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Harry Beechman
Hannah Walters ...
Business Man's Wife
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Sardeep's Wife
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DJ
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Lorcan O'Niell
Nunzio Palmara ...
Nunzio
George Keeler ...
Frail Man
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Mr. Frisk
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A.K.'s Father (as Olegar Fedorov)
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Young A.K. (as Luca Surguladze)
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
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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
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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
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Ballet Dancer (as Elena Hardy)
Joanna Woodliffe ...
Ballet Dancer
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David Clement-Horton ...
Projectionist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Madonna

Written by

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Madonna ... (written by) &
Dan Cadan ... (written by)

Produced by

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Angela Becker ... associate producer
Nicola Doring ... producer
Madonna ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Tim Maurice-Jones ... director of photography (as Tim Maurice Jones)

Editorial Department

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Chris Andrews ... negative cutter
Kelly Smith ... negative cutter
Sabine Smith ... negative cutter (as Sabine McDonald)

Casting By

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Daniel Hubbard

Production Design by

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Gideon Ponte

Costume Design by

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B. Åkerlund ... (as B)

Makeup Department

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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

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Sue Hiller ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tony Fernandes ... first assistant director
Ben Howard ... second assistant director
Andrew Mannion ... third assistant director

Art Department

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Rob Anderson ... construction coordinator
Martin Lake ... art dept runner (uncredited)

Sound Department

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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 ... re-recording mixer
James Seddon ... dolby consultant
Danny Sheehan ... supervising sound editor
Tim Surrey ... sound assistant

Special Effects by

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Vesna Giordano ... special effects makeup

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Ellora Chowdhury ... telecine producer
James Cundill ... online editor
Sam Hope ... visual effects producer
Jean-Clement Soret ... digital colourist
Pat Wintersgill ... online editor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tash Gamper ... first assistant camera
Guy Hazel ... focus puller
Mark Packman ... electrician
Dominic Rau ... video assist operator: main unit
Gary Varney ... gaffer
Peter Wignall ... camera operator

Casting Department

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Kay Gannon ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charlie Knight ... costume supervisor
Alison McLaughlin ... costume supervisor

Location Management

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Tim Davies ... assistant location manager
Keith Hatcher ... location manager
Jamie Lengyel ... location manager: additional photography
Elliott Meddings ... assistant location manager
Chris Morgan ... location scout

Transportation Department

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Guy Bostock ... picture car coordinator
Mickey Gocool ... driver: minibus

Other crew

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Claudia Cimmino ... production coordinator
Denise Furano ... assistant: M
Karen Gottlieb ... production attorney
Huma Khan ... legal post production
Tee Lapan ... production coordinator
Tiffany Olson ... choreographer
Angie Pontefract ... script supervisor
Matt Ridley ... set runner
Winston Thomas ... security: Madonna

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Wonderlust (Japan, English title)
  • Obscénité et vertu (France)
  • Sujos e Sábios (Brazil)
  • Грязь и мудрость (Russia)
  • Madrosc i brud (Poland)
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  • 84 min
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Budget GBP3,500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Swept Away (2015). See more »
Soundtracks Samiao's Day See more »
Quotes A.K.: You know, in my country there is a saying: "If you want to reach the sky, fuck a duck and try to fly".
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