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Charlie Casanova (2011)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 11 May 2012 (Ireland)
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A ruling class sociopath kills a working class girl in a hit and run and uses a deck of playing cards to determine his fate.


Terry McMahon


Terry McMahon
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Emmett J Scanlan ... Charlie Casanova (as Emmett Scanlan)
Leigh Arnold Leigh Arnold ... Una
Damien Hannaway ... Kevin
Thomas Farrell Thomas Farrell ... Mick
Ruth McIntyre Ruth McIntyre ... Soairse
Anthony Murphy Anthony Murphy ... Donald
Valeria Bandino ... Linda
Johnny Elliott Johnny Elliott ... Jimmy
Tommy O'Neil Tommy O'Neil ... Charlie's father
Glenn McMahon Glenn McMahon ... Officer Mullingar
Anouck Sablayrolles Anouck Sablayrolles ... Masseuse


Poster boy for the ruling class, Charlie Barnum has it all, the perfect wife, the property portfolio and the loyalty of his best friend. The fact that Charlie requires Viagra to have sex with his wife, is losing his properties, and has seduced his best friend's wife, means nothing to Charlie, because Charlie is living on dangerously borrowed time. An innocent working class girl is killed in a hit and run, and, as the blood pours from her injuries, Charlie, the man who knocked her down, consults his deck of playing cards and chooses to abdicate responsibility for all future deeds. Lies become truths, reality becomes fantasy, and, as Charlie embroils the three comfortable couples in the ugly excesses and sanctimonious prejudices of his new found power, they discover some deeply disturbing truths about each other. Employing dangerously subversive, provocatively dark, and satirically disturbing humor, Charlie Casanova re-imagines Billy Liar and Walter Mitty as a sickeningly compelling ... Written by Terry McMahon

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You don't know him...but he already hates you.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 May 2012 (Ireland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »


Box Office


€937 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Charlie Casanova: Women; take the shirt off your back then complain about having to iron it.
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Written by Damien Dempsey
Performed by Damien Dempsey
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An important and unprecedented piece of filmmaking.
6 May 2012 | by dnspattisonSee all my reviews

Charlie Casanova is an angry film that challenges an apathetic audience. Written in response to events more shockingly relevant than ever before, the subject matter deals with a class system and the ramifications of such a system and its inevitable misuse of power.

Using close shots to give an uncomfortably claustrophobic feel, the film follows a group of friends over the course of a weekend. Lack of a budget was no hindrance to this film; clever use of white noise in the sound design helps build tension and low lighting adds to the taut, uneasy mood. With raw and at times iconic performances and a muscular yet beautifully crafted script, this is a film that connects and resonates.

Using Brechtian technique to alienate the audience, McMahon gives us a new anti-hero in Charlie Barnum, played with force and true vitriol by Emmett Scanlan. We watch as Barnum lies and manipulates, is revered and reviled in turn by each of his companions. We see him destroyed and reborn in Donald, played with understated malevolence by Tony Murphy. Unshackled from the usual ties of empathy for a central character, given this unfettered clarity of objectivity, we are free to despise this eponymous creation; to know his form and ultimately to rise up against him and his type. "He doesn't know you but he already hates you." A fitting yet chilling tag-line to an important, unprecedented piece of filmmaking.

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