Madonna adds “director” to her resume with “Filth and Wisdom”

Look up “re-invention” in the pop culture dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Madonna. For more than two decades, she has consistently dominated the Billboard charts, from her ’80s-dance-pop debut Like a Virgin to the Timbaland-produced Hard Candy (2008). But she’s done more than just sing: She’s acted (winning a Golden Globe for Evita), published a book (a collection of photographs called Sex, if you were wondering), become a pseudo-Brit (first she picked up the fake accent; now she actually lives there), smooched Britney Spears, built an orphanage, adopted an African baby — you get the idea.

With that in mind, it’s hard to imagine anything the woman hasn’t done (besides sleep). But distressingly enough, there was a gap in her entertainment industry résumé: film director. Not a problem. Sometime this year, between recording tracks for her new CD, preparing for her tour and taking her kids to Kabbalah services, Madonna made a movie without anyone knowing it. It’s called Filth and Wisdom, and the trailer has just been released.

What’s that you say? You don’t care? Oh, but Madonna directed it, and you’ve seen her music videos (fun for the whole family!). You’ve at least got to be curious. Go on, sneak a peek.

Who knew the Queen of Pop could make something so indie-ish? It’s got a quirky plot (three London flatmates — a Ukrainian immigrant, a ballerina and a pharmacist — delve into morally questionable behavior to make the money they need to finance their dreams), a quirky leading actor (Gogol Bordello frontman Eugene Hutz, recently seen in Everything Is Illuminated) and heck, it even features a quirky mustache (which, I’m pleased to report, Hutz also sports in real life). We may not have a new cult classic on our hands here, but then again it probably wouldn’t be the worst 80 minutes of your life.

What do you think? Will Filth and Wisdom turn out to be fantastic or forgettable? Should Guy Ritchie be worried, or does he still wear the director’s hat in the relationship?

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