"Only when you eat a lemon will you appreciate what sugar is. Life is a paradox, or is it really?"
That is just one of the several misplaced philosophical musings that clutter "Filth and Wisdom". But all pretenses of intellect and taste are nowhere found in this grooveless, charmless work!
We love Madonna to bits, but her directorial debut, "Filth and Wisdom" provided the last straw of our tolerance to her cinematic ambitions. Time and again, she has proven to us that Madonna's cinematic I.Q. comes close to nil - and this film proves that!
In the movie, she follows the lives of 3 London flatmates - a Ukrainean S&M "man whore" named A.K (Eugene Hutz), pharmacy assistant Juliette (Vicky McClure) who steals medicine from her infatuated Indian boss, and an unemployed Russian ballerina whose only hope for employment is the city's strip clubs. Interesting people, right?
Unfortunately, these are made-up people from the mind of an insightless Madonna whose fascination with streetwise weirdos has stagnated to people of the 80's. That they live in modern day London is wildly debatable. They feel less real than Andy Warhol's underground babies way back when Joe Dallesandro and Divine were cool!
And this so uncool!