Intermission

(2003, 106 mins, 35mm)
CAST Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, Kelly Macdonald, Colm Meaney, Cillian Murphy
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Introduced by Richard Wolfe, artistic director of Pi Theatre.

In the tradition of Irish black comedies like In Bruges and The Guard, this was the first screenplay by playwright Mark O’Rowe, whose latest play, Terminus, is being produced the Pi Theatre at Performance Works from Feb 28.

From its gobsmacking opening to the bravura climax, its a movie with such verve, energy and surprise it will knock you sideways. One of those films where strangers’ destinies crisscross, it offers the excitement of a thriller and more laughs than most comedies. Cillian Murphy (28 Days Later; Batman Begins) is John, who has split up with Deirdre (Macdonald, from Boardwalk Empire) because she didn’t refuse when he suggested it. Now she’s seeing Sam, a banker, and John doesn’t like it a bit. So when hardman Lahiff (Colin Farrell) suggest a spot of robbing (with payback on top) John’s there. In the middle of it all is Colm Meaney’s Jerry, one of Dublin’s finest, a policeman who models himself on Dirty Harry.

The excellent soundtrack features early U2, Magnetic Fields and Ron Sexsmith.

"Intermission kicks with sharp comic detail, great gab and top-notch character acting." Time Out