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Dirty Filthy Love (2004)

Cast: Adrian Bower, Michael Sheen, Shirley Henderson
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Studio: Sundance
Genre: Foreign
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English
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(Michael Sheen) once had a successful career as an architect and a beautiful wife, Stevie (Anastasia Griffith), but suddenly his life has been thrown into disarray. Mark now finds himself incapable of climbing the stairs without following a carefully planned sequence, he washes his hands constantly, and he curses violently and without provocation at odd intervals. Mark's firm has put him on suspension, Stevie has given up on Mark, and his friends Nathan (Adrian Bower) and Kathy (Claudie Blakley) are tempted to do the same when a number of diagnoses and treatments from various doctors fail to bring positive results. While waiting to see another specialist, Mark meets Charlotte (Shirley Henderson), a woman who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and she suggests that his malady may be the same as hers. In time, it is determined that Mark has OCD and Tourette's syndrome, and with the help of a support group he attends with Charlotte, Mark finally finds ways to successfully deal with his problems. But will his progress be fast and thorough enough to please either Stevie or his employers? ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Extreme OCD by talltale May 30, 2005 - 5:36 AM PDT
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
OCD coupled with a bit of Tourette's Syndrome gets quite a going-over in DIRTY, FILTHY LOVE, a made-for-British television movie that features a star-making performance (except that nobody much saw it here in the U.S.) from an actor named Michael Sheen and yet another excellent one from Shirley Henderson. Sheen pulls you into his persona and his world amazingly well: you'll wince as you watch this character try to negotiate his deteriorating life.

Thanks to the combination of intelligent screenplay and performances, the ex-wife is portrayed with more understanding and kindness than is often found in this sort of film, and many of the subsidiary characters are given more than the usual minimum of reality. If the movie grows too melodramatic toward the end, you may forgive it due to Sheen's magnetic work (I sure did). The final visual makes a beautiful, understated declaration.

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(Average 7.50)
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