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Madrigal

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Daniel Sayer

Synopsis

Definition: mad·ri·gal (mdr-gl) n.

(1a) A song for two or three unaccompanied voices, developed in Italy in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

(1b) A short poem, often about love, suitable for being set to music.

(2a) A polyphonic song using a vernacular text and written for four to six voices, developed in Italy in the 16th century and popular in England in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

(2b) A part song.

Three women strive for freedom in a town. Do they have beauty on their side? London disintegrates and looks like the Third World, yet construction moves on apace. Eve runs a successful club, but appears to be alone, and searches for spiritual guidance in an esoteric bookshop. Mitzura paints a memory of her Romanian mother's communion with wolves, and travels to see her children at the sea. Why must she leave them? Charlie works in an office and is trapped in Groundhog Day with her man. Why doesn't she leave? We watch their confusion, pain and joy, their smiles and fears - their faces a terrain of emotion.

The friction of the interior world is made palpable. They drink: to forget, to connect (in a nation of alcoholics?). They wait, wonder and wander, for what? Why? For the madrigal?

Details

Year
2006
Type of film
Features
Running Time
90 mins
Format
DV Cam
Director
Jonathan Barowitz, Gerard Walsh
Producer
Rabblewise Films
Co-Producer
Rabblewise Films
Editor
Daniel Sayer
Screenwriter
Daniel Sayer, Andy O' Sullivan
Director of Photography
Daniel Sayer, Andy O' Sullivan
Sound
Daniel Sayer, Andy O' Sullivan
Music
Cindytalk
Principal Cast
Dan Cooper, Oana Camilleri, Evelyn Lee, David Knight, Naomi Robinson

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Rabblewise Films
33 Ranelagh Road
Leytonstone
London E11 3JW
UK

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