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USA: IFC Films
UK: Buena Vista International UK
Cast: Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson, Kelly Macdonald, Colm Meaney, Cillian Murphy, Rory Keenan, Laurence Kinlan, Michael McElhatton, Deirdre O'Kane, David Wilmot, Ruth McCabe, Barbara Bergin, Tom Farrelly, Darragh Kelly, Brian F O'Byrne, Tomas O'Suilleabhain, Owen Roe, Ger Ryan, Taylor Molloy, Derry Power
Director: John Crowley
UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: R for pervasive language, some sexual content and violence
UK Certificate: 18 contains very strong language and violence
USA Release Date: 19 March 2004 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 28 November 2003
INTERMISSION is an urban love story about people adrift and their convoluted journeys in the search for some kind of love. A misguided break-up between two young lovers initiates a series of events affecting everyone around them with cataclysmic results.
All the characters are blissfully unaware of the accidental nature of life and the way in which their lives intersect, careening from the hilariously funny to the heartbreakingly sad. The hapless lover and his best mate, the sex-starved singleton; the maverick detective and a ruthless petty thief; the pretty girl on the rebound with an older married man; the deserted wife on the brink of breakdown; the ambitious TV producer; the robbed and abandoned fiance and a nine year old tearaway all find their lives interweaving in this hilarious story of modern romance with a bitter twist.
People get blinding glimpses into the real nature of their lives; the routine is peeled aside, and they can see they've been stuck in a rut for years, going through the motions. Sometimes they see with equal clarity that they are free to take charge and sometimes it's just too late.