Fifty-four characters and eleven storylines intersect with "dazzling" (San Francisco Chronicle) results in this "raucously funny and compellingly gritty" (BBCi) comedy. An ingenious tale of small-town delinquents, shady co... more »ps and warring lovers reunited by a bizarre kidnapping plan, Intermission is a dark, edgy, "very funny study of love, lust and petty crime" (Sight & Sound)!« less
Sarah F. (keanupattinson) from INDIANAPOLIS, IN Reviewed on 8/20/2009...
I thought this was pretty good.
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Life and Love's Frustrations in the Irish Style.
mirasreviews | McLean, VA USA | 10/21/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Intermission" is a collection of intertwined story lines set in Dublin, Ireland, all somehow connected to the break-up, several weeks before, of two characters, Deirdre (Kelly MacDonald) and John (Cillian Murphy). Deirdre has found a new man, Sam (Michael McElhatton). John is regretting leaving her. John's best friend, Oscar (David Wilmot) is desperately seeking companionship, Deirdre's sister Sally (Shirley Henderson) is avoiding it. Sam's wife is furious. And an egotistical police officer, Jerry Lynch (Colm Meaney), is pursuing career criminal Lehiff (Colin Farrell) and personal fame.
"Intermission"'s cast is a Who's Who of talented young Irish thespians, with a few Brits thrown in the mix. Quirky but somehow true-to-life Irish films about friends and family have somehow become a genre unto themselves. This is one of those. There's nothing surprising about "Intermission", but it does take enough unpredictable turns to keep it interesting. True to the genre, the characters aren't smart or even especially interesting on the face of it. But the dialogue is engaging. The situations are funny. These people's anxieties, neuroses, and disappointments ring true. Add a charismatic young cast, and you have a pretty entertaining movie.
The DVD: Bonus features include 2 deleted scenes and a theatrical trailer. The deleted scenes are essentially redundant and not worth your time. Subtitles are available in English and Spanish."
(4.5) Fun Irish romp
kevin yee | franklin, nc | 09/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Saw this film playing at some second rate movie theater for around a dollar or so. And for the record, I love second rate movie theaters.
Im also becoming a fan of Cillian Murphy after watching him in Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later", am accustomed to seeing Colin Farrell here and there, remember seeing Shirley Henderson and Kelly MacDonald in "Trainspotting", and Colm Meaney usually plays interesting characters in all his films. I also drink lots of Guinness, so I figured I'd give this a try.
What I saw was a film based on multiple stories tied together by chance meetings, irony, stupidity, and just plain old luck. Each little scenario affected the entire picture in one way or another. This type of plot and storyline has been done many many times. Some films have had great success and fun with it ("Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels", "Run Lola Run", for example) and some didnt really work, or had too much going on ("Happenstance"). Since the plot is more or less recycled and cliched, the film's success or failure depends mostly on the performances, the characters, and the crazy twists and turns.
With that said, this film was pretty enjoyable, silly at some points, but overall well done. The talent I mentioned above all acted well, especially Colin Farrell, who seemed to be really free and relaxed speaking...the way he normally speaks, I guess. The characters were also interesing enough to keep everything flowing smoothly. Irish accents are fun, too, even though once in a while a few lines of dialogue are nearly impossible to understand. I dont know an overly large amount about the Irish culture, but everything seemed basically believeable. I do listen to Clannad and go to pubs, though, so that earned me some points. The environments were beautiful, from crowded downtown scenes to pubs to the rolling green hills. A lot of the humor I found highly entertaining, although I can see where others may not, because some of it is borderline evil humor. The music fit well, with both UK and Irish artists playing in the background. Colin Farrell's version of "I Fought the Law" is fun, too, and is definitely a worthy remake, right up there with The Clash, Dead Kennedys, and Mike Ness versions.
I really liked the Irish twist to the fimiliar plot, and the characters were fun, along with the brown sauce in the coffee and all the Guinness being consumed. I dont know whatll be on the DVD when it arrives in October, but Ill still get it. I encourage you to check out this film."
Marissa Reciniello | North Carolina | 10/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this film while living in Ireland, and it blew me away. Colin Farrell's performance is great, none of this pretty boy stuff, using his real accent and playing a really believable character from Dublin. The seperate story lines weave so effortlessly together. I think that some of the humor is more understandable if you have knowledge of Irish culture, but anyone can really get a kick out of this great film. I'm so glad it's out on DVD now! I've been waiting too long. Also, Shirley Henderson is amazing in this role, she is such a versatile actress.
By the way, some of the lads tried the brown sauce in tea, and it didn't turn out so good. I don't recommend it!"
11 real-life, intertwined stories
Andy Orrock | Dallas, TX | 05/28/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've read elsewhere about people complaining of Intermission's "juvenile humor" and, yeah, there's certainly a fair bit of that. But that's overcome by the realness with which writer Mark O'Rowe and Director John Crowley have imbued these 11 intertwined stories that have been crashed together for a very enjoyable ride.Performances of note:Kelly Macdonald - I just finished being enchanted by her in the six-part BBC mini 'State of Play'. Adorable and talented (when I'm not perplexed by that Glaswegian accent).Colin Ferrell - Turns on a dime in the film's opening shot; it's a stunner and it sets the pace for the entire movie. His riff on 'brown sauce in coffee' (see the movie to understand!) had me laughing for days (not an exaggeration)Colm Meaney - Yet another film he walks away with. His self-conscious portrayal of street detective Jerry Lynch is a perfect mix of braggadocio, insecurity and (unknowing) humor. The little scene where 'Lynch' overturns a table in anger - but checks to see who's watching first - is a wonderful little touch by Meaney.Cillian Murphy - Mesmerizing eyes. And the spoke that turns at least three of these stories....and many, many others (Shirley Henderson, for example, deserves some kudos too for a *very* unglamorous role). Make sure you stick around for the credits to hear Colin Ferrell's raucous rendition of "I Fought the Law.""
Dubliners in 'Lock, Stock' Fashion: Rough, Edgy and Unpredic
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 07/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You just don't know what happens next in 'Intermission,' Irish-English film directed by enormously promising first-timer John Crowley (who's been doing jobs for stage before this one), and produced by Neil Jordan ('Michael Collins'). You see sweet talking from Colin Farrell, and then, Bang! something terrible happens. But wonderful thing about 'Intermission' is, beside that unexpected shocks or tender moments, that it has lots of delightfully eccentric characters and amusing dialogues (with equally lots of dirty words). It's like 'Trainspotting' in Dublin.
[EMSEMBLE CAST] Among the film's eleven stories, known and unknown faces appear as the residents in Dublin, Ireland, where they encounter mostly unhappy incidents in their life. Colin Farrel is rakish Lehiff, who is chased after by a violent cop Jerry (Colm Meaney, 'Deep Space 9'); Cilian Murphy ('28 Days Later') is unhappy John who left his love recently; Deirdre (Kelly McDonald, 'Trainspotting') is John's ex-love, having an affair with a bank manager. And Shirley Henderson (who is Moaning Myrtle in 'Harry Potter' series) is Deirdre's sister Sally, who, it seems, has a mustache ala Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck.
We see the fates of these characters, all unlucky in love, job, or whatever, cleverly depicted by the sure hand of director, who knows how to spin good stories out of very ridiculous situations. Some find riding a bus can be very dangerous when a little boy throws a stone at that; or some find brown source tastes very good when put in a cup of coffee. Screenwriter Mark O'Rowe did a fine job in creating a variety of lively characters that remind you of 'Pulp Fiction.'
[TO COLIN FARRELL FANS -- HE SINGS!] Really. Though Colin Farrel's character is part of emsemble cast, which means you often lose track of his character, Colin Farrel here is exactly your bad boy image of Colin Farrel with Irish accents, which I find is not as thick as you may think. And listen to the song 'I Fought the Law' at the end credit, sung by Colin Farrel himself. Just in case you might be interested.
Though often very violent and even nasty, 'Intermission' is brimmed with energy that keeps the film going on smoothly to the end. Sometimes unpleasant, but you forget it when everything fits in the right places in the end."