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Adam & Paul

Screenwriter Mark O'Halloran's 2004 film follows two junkies as they spend a day wandering around Dublin in search of a fix and, perhaps, something more. O'Halloran (who also stars) seems heavily influenced by Waiting for Godot: the dialogue is full of simple repetitions and near-vaudevillian banter that convey capital-D despair. This could easily wear thin, but O'Halloran and costar Tom Murphy strike a nice balance between the stagier aspects and the movie's raw portrayal of addiction. Director Lenny Abrahamson treats the material with the gradually darkening tone it demands, and though he may be overfond of framing the pair against big, flat backgrounds, the motif eventually pays off in a gorgeous twilight image on a hillside. 86 min.

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