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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
1 nomination. See more awards »

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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:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian | Hindi

Release Date:

17 September 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Ithiki kai hydaiotita 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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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.: Only when you eat a lemon do you appreciate what sugar is. Life is a paradox. But is it really? Is the contradictions in and around us really a form of dissonance, or just another word for "accord" in a language we are yet to discover? A language we are yet to learn. A language we have been deprived of. We live in a mistaken world, and it doesn't have to be so. You can be an academic and come to this realization by reading books, or you can discover this new rebel intelligence by waking up in ...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.77 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Money Maker
Written by Ludacris (as Christopher Brian Bridges) and Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell L. Williams)
Performed by Ludacris featuring Pharrell Williams (as Pharrell)
Published by Universal Music Publishing o/b/o itself and Ludacris Universal Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP) and EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. o/b/o itself and Waters of Nazareth (BMI)
Pharrell appears courtesy of Star Trak/Virgin Records
Courtesy of Disturbing Tha Peace Recordings/The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Operations
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Good movie, very underrated! See it for yourself!
19 February 2008 | by no_wars_no_carsSee all my reviews

I really liked the film. I admit I almost didn't go to see it because of all the bad press, but Im happy I did. And for those who haven't seen it and consider not to based on all the criticism, you really should go and see it for yourself.

I wonder what these critics were really expecting? Something a little more Hollywood? And what do you consider to be a "good" movie, if you don't seem to like this one very much?

I found the movie to be very honest. The only part I wasn't so convinced of was the the blind guy, his facial expressions didn't match the character, I think he smiled too much.

But other than that, where is the problem? Have any of you ever worked as a Dominatrix or known any sex workers? Or professional dancers who turned to working at a strip club to earn a living? You say "cliché" but often clichés/stereotypes exist for a reason, because actual human beings (re)act in certain ways in certain situations.

I think Madonna should feel proud of her work here! It was inspiring in its way, regardless of what some might say.


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