• UK
  • Comedy / Drama / romance
  • 81 minutes
  • Directed by Madonna
  • with Eugene Hutz, Richard E. Grant and Vicky McClure

The story revolves around a Ukrainian immigrant named A.K. (Hütz) who finances his dreams of rock glory by moonlighting as a cross-dressing dominatrix and his two female flatmates: Holly (Weston), a ballet dancer who works as a stripper and pole-dancer at a local club and Juliette (McClure), a pharmacy assistant who dreams of going to Africa to help starving children.

The Gypsy punk band that appears in the film is portrayed by real-life Gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello, who also contributed three songs to the film’s soundtrack. The band’s lead singer, Eugene Hütz, portrays the main character — a character with a philosophical attitude towards life. Madonna allowed additional dialogue written by Eugene himself to be included in the film

Movie bits:

  • This was Madonna’s debut as a film director
  • Madonna presented the film at the Berlinale festival in Berlin in 2008
  • The film was met with a mixed reception
  • There are many Madonna related things going on in the film such as the song Secret Garden being played and one of the leads is named Christopher Flynn
  • In Paris the film was featured in the cinema briefly to coincide with Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet shows in Stade de France in 2008