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Intermission 

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Critics in the UK have compared this ensemble comedy to Magnolia, Short Cuts, and Amores perros, but that's a clear case of oversell: at 105 minutes, it operates on a much smaller scale than any of those ubernarratives. But Irish playwright Mark O'Rowe, who wrote the script, has an admirable sense of dramatic proportion that suits his intertwining stories; theater director John Crowley, making his film debut, has a sure hand with his actors; and an excellent cast (including Colm Meaney, Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, Kelly Macdonald, and Cillian Murphy) enlivens this web of romantic and criminal intrigue, set in a gray suburb of Dublin. Rated R. Showing this week as part of the Irish Film Festival and the European Union Film Festival, prior to a theatrical release; for showtimes see the respective festival sidebars in this section.

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