Madonna Filth & Wisdom

Madonna Filth & Wisdom
There are still many people unaware that Madonna wrote and directed a movie about aspiring musicians and dancers whose upward climb includes naughty sex work, thievery and stripping. Even fewer are aware that Madonna claimed to have been inspired by French new wave filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, which is just wrong, but hilarious in so many ways. These people are missing out on something profound, as the material girl has offered us some profound insight within Filth & Wisdom. And that insight is "without eating a lemon, you cannot appreciate sweetness." Thanks, Madonna. A.K (Eugene Hutz), a Ukrainian immigrant, dreams of being a musician but puts food on his table by dressing up like a woman and spanking strangers for money. When not waxing philosophical — or fortune cookie, rather — he spends time with Holly (Holly Weston), an aspiring dancer who moonlights as a stripper, and her friend Juliette (Vicky McClure), a pharmaceutical thief who just wants to join the Peace Corps. It's all slapped together in a pretty desultory and unpleasant manner that reeks of student film, minus any sort of education. Sadly, the movie doesn't get any better with repeat viewings, remaining just as unintentionally funny and awkwardly paced as the first time around. It is an experience though, and one that comes recommended, if only to hear, in voiceover, "without filth there cannot be wisdom," within a film titled Filth & Wisdom, in case the viewer missed this point the first eight times. To be fair, there is a quirky sensibility to the whole ordeal that may ingratiate some, and the Gogol Bordello soundtrack is a lot of fun. It just isn't enough to sustain a narrative that could be communicated in roughly ten words. The DVD includes no supplements for the audience to ponder. (Seville)