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Adam and Paul (15PG)

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1 of 1 Deeply touching
Deeply touching

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, starring Tom Murphy, Mark O'Halloran, Deirdre Molloy, Gary Egan, Mary Murray, Paul Roe, Louise Lewis and Thomas Farrell.

'Adam and Paul' is a frank and humorous look at the comically darker side of Dublin that lurks behind the crime rate and the drug statistics. It is a human telling of a social problem that cannot but impact upon the viewer. Hot on the heels of 'Spin the Bottle' and 'Intermission', there is something profoundly darker about writer Mark O'Halloran's take on alternative Irish culture.

The film gives us a glimpse of a day in the life of Adam and Paul, two Dublin junkies who have hit rock bottom. From their introduction as two hung-over, spaced-out down and outs, through to their exploits of crime and desperation, the most striking feature of the film lies in its truth and the certain fate of the pair. 

It is the quirky elements that make 'Adam and Paul' likeable in the face of its sheer grimness. The fact that we never find out which one is Adam and which one is Paul plays on the mind throughout, as their hilarious encounters never serve to make us any the wiser.

Some of the sequences within the film have been beautifully captured, in particular a scene shot on the Millennium Bridge, which very aptly depicts the mood through its sluggish and dreamy chops between shots. The techniques, used wonderfully, portray one of the very rare moments in the film when Adam and Paul are oblivious to the inevitability of their fate, blissfully happy in their drug-induced state.

So what of 'Adam and Paul'? Well, it is too funny to be depressing, too bleak to be great, yet deeply touching in its handling of the subject matter, and on that account worth watching.

You'll never look at Dublin in the same light again.

Linda McGee

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