Filth and Wisdom

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director(s): Madonna
Production: IFC Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
84 min

When I die, I am going to go

straight to heaven,

and you're going to ask me why.

Did I

pray enough?


Did I share enough?

Not really.

Was I humble enough?

Definitely not.

"So, what makes you so sure you're going

straight to heaven," you ask me.

And I will tell you.

Because I told the truth.

And five, six, seven, eight, and:

Humanity seems to be divided

into two categories.

People trying to be good

and people trying to be bad.

Three, four and five.

Borey, get those back legs under.

But personally, I don't

always see so much difference,

Because if you spend your

whole life as a saint,

eventually you will crave the opposite,

and the filth will appear

as an oasis in the desert.

That was a bit better, but the arms:

Yes, keeping the shoulders down.

But if you'll spend

your life in the gutter,

sooner or later,

you will be searching for wisdom.

Like a pig sniffing for truffles.

Hanky-panky, goddamn bastard.

Filth and wisdom.

They are two sides of the same coin.

And you know

whichever side is facing up

eventually will lead

to your salvation.

In my country, we have a saying:

He who licks the knives

soon will cut his tongue.

So if you want to be saved,

you've got to go to hell first.

Drop and give me 20,

you skinny little f*ck.

You worthless piece of shit.

You're f*cking pathetic.

You'd never make it into

my platoon.

Sir, yes, sir.

What the f*ck did you just call me?

Did you tell me to f*ck my mother?

No, sir.


So you're saying

that my sister is a whore?

Do you know what?

I f*cked your sister

and I f*cked her in the ass.

Lick my boots, you f*cking pencil-dick!

You gotta f*cking lick them!

F*cking disgusting.

Your time is up.

Oh, he is guilty who is not at home.

Thank you.

Can it just be true

that when we tip our head to the left,

the liquids inside run this way,

and so we pretty much think

that shit is this way?

Then we tip our head to the right

and the liquids inside flow other way,

and we think

pretty much the opposite?

Or just keep your head all straight,

like dear old Daddy says,

and pretty soon you'll get yourself

a swamp up there.

Take Professor Flynn.

He live on the ground floor.


The one and only. Here I come.

- Andre!

He write many books

and has much respect as a poet,

but he sit in darkness and alone.

- What took you so long?

- Come in, come in.

I'll just put away this for you.

- I'm his errand boy.

- Thank you.

At your service any time.

And not in a kinky way.

A little bit noisy upstairs

last night, Andre.

He's got a swamp up there.


How many times? My name is A.K.

- Why can't you just call me A.K.?

- I thought we had an arrangement.

Yeah, an arrangement is that

I get paid to be your errand boy.

- Overpaid.

- Overpaid.

- Overpaid.

- Overpaid.

And not that you get to call me a name

that a dog of a father gave to me.

- Stop being so dramatic, Andre.

- But I love dramatic.

And I love words.

There is more to love than words.

For instance?

For instance,

a back of a woman's neck.


But you needed words

to tell me that.

Mm? Naughty, naughty, naughty.

Naughty, naughty, naughty.

Touch, professor.

I don't mean to be rude,

but if you love words so much,

how could you stop writing?

The day I stopped seeing

is the day I stopped writing.

Well, then you're just

wasting your talent.

How, may I ask, are you wasting yours?

The last time a man put his hand on me

did not end very nicely.

Strange how every branch has desire

to imitate its root.

Where Rimsky and Korsakov they met

On the Sturm and Drang banquet

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Madonna Louise Ciccone (born August 16, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. Referred to as the "Queen of Pop" since the 1980s, Madonna is known for pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music, as well as visual imagery in music videos and on stage. She has also frequently reinvented both her music and image while maintaining autonomy within the recording industry. Besides sparking controversy, her works have been praised by music critics. Madonna is often cited as an influence by other artists. more…

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