Intermission

Intermission

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Director: John Crowley

Cast: Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, Kelly MacDonald

     
 

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In the suburbs of Dublin, more than a dozen strangers find their paths colliding in sometimes violent, sometimes absurd ways in Intermission, the first feature from director John Crowley. Setting the chain of events in motion is Lehiff (Colin Farrell), a small-time crook whose most recent petty theft has him on the run from Jerry (Colm Meaney), a

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In the suburbs of Dublin, more than a dozen strangers find their paths colliding in sometimes violent, sometimes absurd ways in Intermission, the first feature from director John Crowley. Setting the chain of events in motion is Lehiff (Colin Farrell), a small-time crook whose most recent petty theft has him on the run from Jerry (Colm Meaney), a self-aggrandizing police detective who's even more full of himself now that he's being constantly trailed by a TV news documentary crew. Meanwhile, Lehiff's friend John (Cillian Murphy) is going though a trial breakup -- or "intermission," as he calls it -- with his girlfriend, Deirdre (Kelly Macdonald), who has promptly taken up with the older, more conventionally responsible bank manager Sam (Michael McElhatton). When Lehiff suggests that the answer to all of his and John's troubles is to set up Sam and rob his vaults, John's too eager to comply -- and their plan spells dire consequences for everyone in their immediate circle of relations. Also starring David Wilmot, Brian F. O'Byrne, and Shirley Henderson, Intermission had its premiere at the Galway Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, and secured berths at the Edinburgh, Telluride, and Toronto festivals.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Arriving a good five to ten years past the zeitgeist, John Crowley's grungy debut feature manages to offer a smattering of choice performances from some of Ireland's most talented young actors, even if it fails to add anything to the post-Pulp Fiction, post-Trainspotting indie landscape. Treading the middle ground between the sickly sweet ensemble romance Playing by Heart and the heist-for-heist's-sake films of Guy Ritchie, Intermission is shot and edited with such economy, it might give viewers the false impression that it's actually about something. Despite a vague plea for the redemptive power of love over the pitfalls of avarice, it isn't. Instead, Crowley's film offers a handful of usually underappreciated actors the chance to try out quirky personas the way one might sort through thrift-store overcoats: there's the innately sweet Cillian Murphy's befuddled-romantic, John; the reliably brilliant Shirley Henderson, almost managing to overcome her underwritten part as mustachioed misfit Sally; and the particularly propulsive Colin Farrell, making the most of his time away from the corrupting Southern California sun as gloss-free street punk Lehiff. Set to the beat of a schizophrenic pop
ock soundtrack, Intermission's cornucopia of suburban amorality may not add up to much, but the performers make certain that it's never less than watchable.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/2004
UPC:
0883904129400
Original Release:
2003
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Sales rank:
56,232

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Colin Farrell Lehiff
Shirley Henderson Sally
Kelly MacDonald Deirdre
Colm Meaney Detective Jerry Lynch
Cillian Murphy John
Ger Ryan Maura
Brian F. O'Byrne Mick
Michael McElhatton Sam
Deirdre O'Kane Noeleen
David Wilmot Oscar
Tom O'Sullivan Ben
Owen Roe Mr. Henderson
Taylor Molloy Phillip
Jeff O'Toole Actor
Laurence Kinlan Dealer
Rory Keenan Anthony
Darragh Kelly Actor
Barbara Bergin Karen

Technical Credits
John Crowley Director
Tony Aherne Asst. Director
Tim Alban Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Conroy Production Designer
Susie Cullen Art Director
Brendan Deasy Sound/Sound Designer
John Erraught Associate Producer
Jina Jay Casting
Neil Jordan Producer
Ryszard Lenczewski Cinematographer
Alan Moloney Producer
Lorna Mugan Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan Mullen Associate Producer
John Murphy Score Composer
Mark O'Rowe Screenwriter
Jonathan Sehring Executive Producer
Rod Stoneman Executive Producer
Paul Trijbits Executive Producer
Romany Turner Associate Producer
Tristan Whalley Executive Producer
Stephen Woolley Producer
Lucia Zucchetti Editor

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Intermission 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Tarantino-meets-"Full Monty" and "Trainspotting" film slices life through the middle where normal people live, but slices with a dark knife of eroticism, violence, anarchy, and rage. Despite its subjet and approach, it manages to deliver a hopeful ending and relentless comedy that throws light in nearly all the shadows.