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Filth and Wisdom (2008) 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… 2008-10-17 Unrated PT81M Comedy Drama Eugene Hutz Richard E. Grant Stephen Graham IFC Films
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Filth and Wisdom (2008)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Filth and Wisdom | FILTHIER NEXT TIME The Madonna-directed Filth and Wisdom could have used more of the former
FILTHIER NEXT TIME The Madonna-directed Filth and Wisdom could have used more of the former
EW's GRADE
C

Details Limited Release: Oct 17, 2008; Rated: Unrated; Length: 81 Minutes; Genres: Comedy, Drama; With: Eugene Hutz; Distributor: IFC Films

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

Originally posted Oct 15, 2008 Published in issue #1017 Oct 24, 2008 Order article reprints