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Filth and Wisdom In Madonna's directorial debut Filth and Wisdom, A.K. (Eugene Hutz), a gratingly boisterous Ukrainian gypsy with a Joseph Stalin...Filth and WisdomDrama, ComedyPT81MUnrated In Madonna's directorial debut Filth and Wisdom, A.K. (Eugene Hutz), a gratingly boisterous Ukrainian gypsy with a Joseph Stalin...2008-10-16Richard E. GrantStephen GrahamRichard E. Grant, Stephen Graham
Filth and Wisdom
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Filth and Wisdom

Genre: Drama, Comedy; Starring: Eugene Hutz, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Graham; Director: Madonna; Author: Dan Cadan; Release Date Limited: 10/17/2008; Runtime (in minutes): 81; MPAA Rating: Unrated

In Madonna’s directorial debut Filth and Wisdom, A.K. (Eugene Hutz), a gratingly boisterous Ukrainian gypsy with a Joseph Stalin mustache, turns to the camera to say that ”filth” and ”wisdom” are just alternate paths to the same Truth. That’s a promising idea for a Madonna film, but this fragmented and genially campy ensemble comedy only rarely makes good on it. A.K. and his London flatmates moonlight in the sex trade: He’s a dominatrix, Holly (Holly Weston) is a ballet dancer?turned?stripper, and shy Juliette (Vicky McClure) assists in S&M fantasy sessions. The movie is short on wisdom, but it might have gotten by if it had had better filth. C

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