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Charlie Casanova (2011)

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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
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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.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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Did You Know?


Charlie Casanova: You tell your lowlife family and friends there's a new breed of top dog in this town; we are the movers, makers, shakers and takers and you fuck with us at your peril.
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Written by Damien Dempsey
Performed by Damien Dempsey
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excellent first feature.
21 September 2011 | by brianmcgovSee all my reviews

This film was made at a time when the reality of the sickness which permeates the Irish ruling classes came sharply into focus. It became apparent that the country had been raped by those who were entrusted with her wellbeing. In Charlie Casanova writer/director Terry McMahon churns up the emotional landscape of the times. In this world the delegation of responsibility is absolute. Consequence and accountability are divorced. A murderous tendency rises to the surface. And these are just the good times ? Charlie Casanova deals the hate because he can and in his wake deposits one fat line of reptilian WTF?. Perhaps not surprisingly at the outset this film received very little by way of support from the Irish funding authorities. They have since jumped on the bandwagon. A great debut feature film from the auteur. It begs the question, what next ? Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Roight ?

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