What Means Motley? | Chicago Reader

What Means Motley?

This 2005 film is based on a true story, though the amiable caper comedy more closely resembles something from the Ealing Studios. In 1999 Barry Mulligan, Ireland's honorary consul in Bucharest, arranged visas for a Romanian folk choir to compete in a Sligo festival, but once the 41 singers had deplaned in Dublin, they all defected, never to be heard from officially again. Mulligan contributed to the script and stars—not as himself but as a low-level Irish con man who invents the scam to rescue a distressed young beauty (Irina Dinescu) and her tone-deaf cohorts from a Eurotrash loan shark and the Gypsy Mafia. John Riley and John Ketchum directed this fast-moving, visually inventive film, also known as Sliding Dice. In English and subtitled Romanian. 90 min.

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