In London, A.K. is a Ukrainian Gypsy, seeking fame as a rocker, doing odd jobs: he’s a dom, drives a hack, and runs errands for his neighbor, a poet full of self pity since going blind. A.K’s flatmates are Holly, a ballerina who becomes a reluctant stripper in need of coaching, and Juliette, a pill-popping assistant at a pharmacy run by an Indian tired of his marriage. Juliette, estranged from her family, dreams of helping the poor children of Africa; A.K. has a crush on Holly; Juliette’s boss lusts after her. Her hapless sister calls from time to time. The poet despairs. Is there a route from filth to wisdom for these souls? Can they find fun and fulfillment? A.K. provides philosophical comment. —IMDb
Possessing one of the most distinctive voices in pop music and one of the most distressing résumés on the big screen, Madonna has proven that whatever the role — screwball seductress, martyred Argentinian first lady, embittered single mom-cum-yoga instructrix — her abilities as a performer will manage to undermine any production whose credits bear her name. Like Elvis before her, Madonna has proven that no matter how sterling a pop reputation an artist may have, success on the Billboard Top 100 does not translate into similar plaudits at the box office.
Born Madonna Ciccone in Bay City, MI, in 1958, Madonna was raised in a strict Roman Catholic household. She attended the University of Michigan as a dance student for a brief period before dropping out to move to New York City in 1977. There, she quickly became a habitué of various downtown gay discos; spurred on by her dance teacher and her deejay pals, she embarked on a singing career. Before releasing her debut album, however… read more
While the writing is fairly average and the film is somewhat directionless, it still has some of the most vivid and interesting characters I've seen all year. Especially of course is Hutz and the many phenomenal costumes he's dressed in. Gogol fans, the music is excellent and definitely provides layers of emotion that enhance this film significantly. Madonna did an okay job, but the real starlet is Eugene Hutz with yet another stellar effort.