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A Film with Me in It (2008)

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A broke, jobless actor and a broke, jobless screenwriter set out to make a movie and then find that life starts imitating art.

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Ian Fitzgibbon

Writer:

Mark Doherty
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Credited cast:
Dylan Moran ... Pierce
Mark Doherty ... Mark
Keith Allen ... Jack
Amy Huberman ... Sally
Aisling O'Sullivan Aisling O'Sullivan ... Policewoman
David O'Doherty ... David
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eileen Colgan Eileen Colgan ... Neighbor
Neilí Conroy Neilí Conroy ... Frances
Neil Jordan ... Director
Hugh O'Conor ... Detective
Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Pierce 2
Laura Way ... Casting Assistant
Wilfred Wilfred ... Jersey the Dog
Ronan Wilmot ... Mr. Finnegan
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Mark is a wannabe actor, penniless, clueless, and inept. He cares for a brother who's paraplegic, and he has a girlfriend, Sally, who wants out of the relationship. His idea of life is to go to the occasional audition, dodge his landlord (having spent the rent money Sally gave him), give Sally a hang-dog look, and talk with Pearce, who lives upstairs. Mark's flat is in disrepair: the kitchen window slams shut, bits of plaster fall from the ceiling, a bulb fizzes, and the sitting-room chandelier sways. When an awful accident happens, Mark freezes, which precipitates additional accidents; he finally calls Pearce, perhaps the worst decision possible. Will Mark come to his senses? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuatro muertos y ningún entierro See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, Ireland

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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When the garda (policewoman) calls to the door, some of her walkie talkie chatter can be heard. This is in an American accent which would not be the case in Ireland. The piece heard is in fact a standard foley effect of an American police officer speaking on the radio and is often heard in TV and film. See more »

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[first lines]
Director: So, what's going on?
Mark: I get to start? It's um, it's good, it was good. I, I got you a copy on DVD. And it's one of those medical... drama... hospital things.
Director: Concerned neighbor. This the part here?
Casting Assistant: Yeah.
Director: Doesn't really matter whether he looks like, does it?
Mark: I was going to say, uh, I really like the script.
Director: It's a good script.
Director: [phone rings] Okay thank you...
Casting Assistant: Great, thanks Martin.
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While I was never really drawn into the film, I enjoyed the brief nonsensical departure from sane people.
20 August 2010 | by EruditassSee all my reviews

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Characters: 2 Screenplay: 2 Cinematography: 2 Emotional: 1

Overall: 2.0

The film does a good job of walking the line between tasteful and tasteless of dark comedy. Nothing in this film makes sense or is logical, but it isn't supposed to; each ridiculous twist and turn can be amusing. To me, it was amusing and I had a few laughs, but they can be a little sparse. And in the end, it leaves you feeling a bit empty. While that may be the point of the film, it also feels a bit like a television episode that was dragged on. Overall, I found it a good experience.

The characters are stupid and illogical. Entertainment depends on whether or not one can get over this fact. At times I could laugh, but at times I was just dumbstruck. The actors also did a pretty good job of appearing similarly dumbstruck. Huberman, particularly, did quite well. Moran is his usual self.

Not only is it hard to develop any kind of connection with the characters, but they can induce hate. At times, I just can't turn off shoe-switching. "WHY, YOU FOOL!" I scream in my head, but they never seem to hear me. Sometimes inducing this kind of emotion is good, but they overdid it and it can definitely begin to shift to annoyance, ruining the suspension of disbelief.

The screenplay was absurd, in a good way, but could have flown better. The characters are introduced haphazardly and the buildup is very slow. Eventually I began wondering where the dead bodies were. The clear foreshadowing does create an interesting little "whose gonna get it" atmosphere, but they needed to anchor more of the script around it. If it was worked and teased a bit more, it would've been great. It got better as the bodies began piling up and the absurdities amounted.

The tone of the film started off teetering between funny and serious, so some parts left the viewer uncertain as to how to feel. The ending expunged on the humor created and is a hate it or love it thing.

The cinematography, on the other hand, was surprisingly aesthetic. With no flair, the angles and composition is well done for a low budget film.

While I was never really drawn into the film, I enjoyed the brief nonsensical departure from sane people.


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