Intermission is an urban love story about people adrift and their convoluted journeys in the search for some kind of love. When the desperately insecure and emotionally inarticulate John breaks up with Deirdre to give her a little test his plan backfires leaving her broken-hearted and him alone and miserable. Through chance and coincidence, their break-up triggers a roller coaster ride of interweaving escapades in the lives of everyone around them. Intermission presents a slice of life, the passage between breaking up and making up, exploring how our lives intersect, and the power we all possess to affect the lives of those around us.
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Howrya!!Being a true blue dub myself, its my opinion that this movie will appealtopeople like myself who see the humour in needless, mindless violence. I'dbesure that most (irish) people (dubs especially) who see this movie will beable to relate to one of the many classic takes.From watching in amazement as Colin Farrell flirts with a waitress he'sabout to rob to the moments when himself and Meeney get to grips in theladstoilet, your guaranteed a smile and remember this is real dublin in themovie!! With Colin Farrell and Colm Meeney putting in great performances,this is a movie not to be missed by anyone and if you dont laugh a goodfewtimes!! WHATS BLEEDIN WRONG WITH YA MAN!!Enjoy the brown sauce in yer tea!!
An apt name for this inconsequential effort: You'll definitely want to take a break from watching it.
This review is from: Intermission (DVD) I was very pleased with the movie Intermission. I received my product within (2) days and to order it was effortless. 2 Thumbs Up.
The cast is strong enough to overcome the more frantic moments and lend some weight to the characters.
just watch it. incredibly enJOYable! probably even if you're not familiarwith feckin skangers. colm meaney is excellent as always and colin farrellis in the role he was seemingly born to play. but don't be fooled (he'sactually from castleknock)
Enjoyable and surprisingly touching.
This movie was gross. It had profanity in about every sentence . . . American f word profanity. They even doubled the usage in most lines. It was about losers who ran around beating up people stealing robbing and sleeping with one another. Even the "good" people were gross . . . . Even when the good people had bad things done to them it was gross. For example one girl was used by a former bf for money. It wasn't that she was just used like a lot of people in teh real world are . . . "taken for a ride". . . he did that, tied her up, and defecated on her chest leaving here there for days before she was found. You don't see this scene . . . you hear about it. It was just perverse. It is movies like this and Angela's Ashes that really make Ireland a depressingly sad pit of a place in my mind. And the weird thing is that these movies are about Irish written by the Irish. So I guess from what I get is that most Irish think the same thing about their own country.
There are some genuinely funny moments... There also are some genuinely horrifying ones. The problem is, they never really mesh.
"Intermission," a story about the inter-related lives of a group of Dublinmen and women, mostly either working- or criminal class, has its moments butoverall it's a disappointment. The story is weak. Episodes of maritalinfidelity, searching for love, random child-engineered mayhem, a stupiddetective in search of boob tube fame and a very conventional crime caperdon't really come together. Caricatures rather than characters dominate themovie.Colin Farrell pulls off his role as a thug with no personal attributes- it'simpossible to care about him or even ponder his brutal and dumb acts. Shirley Henderson as a lonely young woman is the best actor in"Intermission." A Scot in the current "Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself," she'sconvincing here as an Irish lass going on age from thirty to spinsterhood (aword still in vogue in Eire). Kelly MacDonald, an up and coming actresswith real ability, is largely wasted as a gal who abandons her boyfriend fora colorless bank manager who leaves his anguished wife for sweeterbedsheets. She's beautiful but transparently vacuous.Perhaps this film resonates with Irish, and even U.K., audiences but I foundit disappointing. The theater's excellent sound system merely amplified theincomprehensibility and audibility of much speech. It's one thing not tounderstand the argot of today's urban Irish working class. It's somethingelse to be trying to figure out what you're hearing during much of amovie.4/10.
"Intermission" is very reminiscent of other modern offbeat films from Britain and Ireland is the past few (nearly ten since Trainspotting? Already?!) years, the kind of films that seem all vaguely "Guy Ritchie-ish" except "Intermission" is more based around love than crime and violence.The structure is particularly reminiscent of "Go" (1999), the American film, in which a number of storylines revolving around offbeat, quirky characters all come together in the end. It may already sound like I'm denigrating the film, but I'm not. I'm giving it to you straight - this film's originality is not its strong suit. But most of you I imagine are like me, already knew that and want to see it anyway.Well, this film delivered pretty much all I expected and I liked it. I was looking for another one of those wonderful British/Irish films where everyone talks in sexy, outlandish accents and working class stiffs get themselves into impossible jams and extricate themselves and find their way through life in the most improbable of ways. Among the storylines - two supermarket stock boys, one of which can't believe his ex-girlfriend who he is still loves is dating a man 20 years her senior, the second a man who is incapable of having an orgasm of late; the ex-girlfriend and her family, with her sister who was screwed over and left jaded by a boyfriend who hurt in her in a particular vicious and unpleasant way, rebelling against men by growing a moustache; a bedraggled bus driver; a small-time thief who has qualms about punching out pretty girls and manipulating his would-be friends; a tough-talking cop who thinks he's the world's biggest badass; and etc. all revolving around a down-on-its-luck Dublin suburb.This movie doesn't have a huge "wow" factor, but I liked it quite a bit and it delivered all it promised. If you like films like "Shallow Grave," the works of Guy Ritchie or Irvine Welsh, I can't you see not liking this movie. I think the photogenic, very attractive acting trio of Kelly MacDonald (very cute), Colin Farrell (patented Irish bad-boy persona in full force), and Cillian Murphy (those eyes making girls and not a few guys swoon) put on the most memorable and best performances of all, but the whole, well-known Irish cast does a fine job. 4 well deserved stars.
It's an amusing film, and a likable one, but its ensemble of characters almost universally fails to engage our emotions the way it ought to.
The first 5 minutes grab you out of your seat with Colin Farrell'sterrificperformance and an old U2 song blaring in the background. I saw it at theToronto Film Festival and the whole audience was buzzingafterwards.
Very, very funny, thanks to a lively first script by Mark O'Rowe, who has a good ear for earthy dialogue and a sense of life's absurd little synchronicities.
From the very first scene, where Lehiff (Colin Farrell) chats up a femaleemployee at a coffee shop, I knew this was a film I would enjoy. Variousplots and subplots centred on several wickedly funny characters intertwineto create a hilarious and at times poignant work.The main plots are based on the various characters loss of, and search forlove which while developed with side-splitting effect, strike a realemotional chord and are at times genuinely touching (watch out for Sally'sbreakdown after she appears on TV!). The script is devilishly clever anddelivered hilariously by first class performances from Cillian Murphy,Shirley Henderson, Deirdre O'Kane and in particular, the brilliant ColmMeaney as the hard lined, uncompromising and ultimately pathetic Gardadetective Jerry Lynch.On occasion, `Intermission' can be found guilty of looking for the cheaplaugh-at-the-Irish gag so typical of Irish films such as the Barrytowntrilogy, but for the most part succeeds in creating genuine laugh-out-loudmoments. In addition, Dublin has never looked as unrecognisable, which isareal breath of fresh air.Director John Crowley and writer Mark O'Rowe have done an exquisite job increating what is arguably the best Irish film of recent years.
INTERMISSION is an unrelenting roller coaster ride of a movie that satisfies on every level. This is one of the finer Irish films made, due in equal parts to a mind-boggling script, knife-edge directing, and a cast of superb actors who manage to keep us on track while the speed of the movie keeps promising to jump track.Dublin suburb, many characters at crossroads of filial and relationship convictions, and a bus wreck all intertwine showing how happenstance can completely change lives. John (the mesmerizing Cillian Murphy) is leaving Deirdre (Kelly MacDonald) to try the outside world of women, afraid of the commitment of a relationship. John works at a market as a shelf stocker with clueless would-be womanizer Oscar (David Wilmot) and both crave to be out form under the thumb of the pestering owner. Deirdre is crushed by John's leaving, gets consolation from her mother, but little empathy from sister Sally (Shirley Henderson) who is so against men that she is allowing her upper lip hair to be seen as a moustache! Mother and Sally witness and save a bus accident caused by a child throwing a stone into the windshield. The angry driver is yet another discontent young man who subsequently falls in with John and Oscar as co-criminals under the direction of small time crusty thief Lehiff (another feather in Colin Farrell's acting hat!). How the multitude of little storylines intertwine (Oscar courts Sally, John finds Deirdre's new affair with married Sam (Michael McElhatton) devastating, detective Jerry Lynch (Colm Meaney) chases the group of masked young criminals yet is more interested in a live video of his career than the direction of his job, etc etc etc) is more fascinating than an enthralling jigsaw puzzle.This film fizzes and sparkles with excitement and super performances. But be aware: the Irish accents are basically so thick that much of the film is lost to US ears with out some help, so turn on the English subtitles for enhanced enjoyment.And that's not 'bloggers', just a suggestion to keep pace with the story without straining to understand the dialogue. An excellent caper and a must see for fans of Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy!
As a result of what the previous reviewer had to say about this movieit really goes to show that to understand this flick and many otherslike it (The Commitments, The Van etc) you really do need to either beIrish or have spent enough time there or with Irish people tounderstand the Dublin/Irish culture.) Because its a far cry from thethe foreign idea that was thrown around with films like Far and Awayand The Quiet Man. Ireland is a 21st century country with 21st centuryproblems like everywhere else. This film is very much tongue in cheekand pokes fun where it can. Worth while seeing yet maybe not reallyworth seeing twice
this movie is pretty weird, think love actually but Irish and a lotless safe with absurd characters. don't be turned off by that commentbecause you don't like love actually, i myself very much disliked itbut found this movie really good. I'm just comparing the two due to theformula of having several interconnecting stories and how eachcharacter has a sort of conclusion to them. each character in thismovie faces their own problems and seeks something, yet whether or notthey find it is a different story.i'm a fan of colin farrell and will admit that it was disappointing tosee that he didn't have much screen time. however he does steal theshow for most of his scenes. cillian murphy is the lead and he is apretty good character though he is completely normal compared to colinfarrell. but still fitting to the movie as most audiences require afairly relateable character. what i liked about the colin farrellcharacter was that he was completely un like able. no spoilers here butthe opening scene in the movie was just gold. colm meaney was great asalways, playing a violent policeman who has it in for colin farrell'scharacter. and i was quite impressed by the character of Oscar, i'munsure of the actor (i assume he is fairly unknown) who is anunconfident young man who wants a relationship.this movie does have a few moments that i didn't particularly like,such as sally who would be a reasonably attractive girl, but seeing her'ronnie' is disturbing. but of course things come through in the end soall previous critisisms aside.this movie would be a 7 but due to the end credits song 'i fought thelaw and the law won' (performed by Colin Farrell) it's worthy of an 8.see this movie if you are looking for something different.
Surprise hovers over this dry-roasted and altogether compelling Irish comedy-drama like a creature waiting to stun the cast of the movie into submission.
This review is from: Intermission (DVD) Great little movie with a lot of humor, thrill and romance. Good acting throughout and as ever, Kelly Macdonald shines!
O'Rowe and Crowley emphasize the general hopelessness in these people's lives but still give the movie enough spice and drive to lift it above the gloom.