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
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