Hi, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab...
Never heard of this one. That’s why I love the way you guys write in about EVERYTHING. It’s real hard for us to go completely uninformed about a film for long.
Been an avid fan of the site since 97, first real review I’ve mailed to you is this one You see I’ve just returned from my local cinema in Dublin where I attended a pre-screening of Colin Farrell’s domestic project INTERMISSION. Shot on location in and around Dublin’s southern suburbs of Tallaght and Rathfarnham. Intermission is a study of a handful of Dublin locals from various social backgrounds and their direct and indirect involvement in love, crime, friendship, and comedy. It has an excellent ensemble cast from Farrell’s (Begbie esque) Lehiff, a petty thug who encapsulates perfectly the small time Dublin scumbag, decorated with the post Daredevil shaved head, signet rings and the worst wardrobe seen on screen since Alan Parker made The Commitments. The ever watchable Colm Meaney turning in a stellar performance as a slightly out of his mind psychotic Detective in the Dublin Gardai, then there’s Cillian Murphy from “28 Days later…” the misguided in love - heartbroken young bloke who recently broke up with Deirdre played by Trainspotting’s Kelly McDonald. In support Dublin’s Deidre O’Kane is excellent as a cheated on wife whose husband hooked up with McDonald’s character and there are many other noteworthy performances. The chemistry between the characters works and is aided greatly by the subtle but very human characterization supplied in the script.
Without going into spoiler territory there are moments of unexpected violence juxtaposed against moments of great comedy and a very insightful examination of human relationships plutonic and otherwise, in short it’s fresh and alive unlike so much docile dirt that America movie machines have supplied us with all summer… In short up there with TIGERLAND for performances from Farrell and the Best Irish Film since a gem from several years ago that had the ubiquitous and brilliant Brendan Gleeson called “I Went Down”
This is a true Irish film in every sense… Moreover this is a particularly Dublin film in its tone and feel, the editing and pacing work superbly through the various storylines to weave a web of coherency and bring the film together, but the real credit goes to the Production of Alan Moloney (Last of the High Kings), the quintessentially Dublin script from Mark O’Rowe and wonderful direction from theatre director John Crowley.
In having been selected in Toronto, Edinburgh and having won the Galway Film Festival this gem of an Irish Film deserves to be seen and appreciated by the masses.
Hope INTERMISSION makes it Stateside and if so make it your business to check it out…
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Thanks, Dubliner. I’ll definitely keep my eyes peeled for it, and it sounds like it’ll be worth the effort.