(out of 5)

The lives of various Dubliners go spinning in different directions while a couple at the centre of the story take a break from each other.   works his job at a grocery store with best friend , upset that his girlfriend () has taken up with an older bank manager after he broke up with her to test their relationship.  Wilmot, meanwhile, is lonely without a girlfriend of his own and unable to even fantasize about other women until he meets the bank manager’s wife. Macdonald’s sister (), upset over a disastrous breakup in her past, has let herself go and has grown a moustache that symbolizes her refusal to take part in an active social life, while Murphy and a recently fired bus driver are sucked into a silly bank robbery scheme by a tough street thug () not averse to punching women to get what he wants.   is terrific as a cop who gets wind that a reality TV director wants to make a hard-hitting drama about him and makes an obsession out of his desire for stardom. Performances all sparkle in this wonderful ensemble comedy that is dark and twisted, highly energetic and very satisfying, with Wilmot shining as the desperate loser who just wants to be someone’s nice guy.

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Ireland/United Kingdom, 2003

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Music by

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Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2003


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