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Jun 05

Waiting For Adam & Paul

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(Article pointlessly posted on Blog 7 accidentally re-emerges).

Adam & Paul are a pair of Dublin junkies. They wake up not knowing where they are, and spend the rest of the day/film trying to score/doing nothing. They talk in circles. They have pointless adventures and when the day ends, they are pretty much back where they started. Which one is Adam, which one is Paul? Who knows (who cares?)

Its clear where writer/actor Mark O’Halloran is coming from here: try not to mention Beckett though as anything compared is clearly sub-Beckett. And even if nothing much happens, that is still a lot more than what happens in Godot. But the circular dialogue and lack of consequence is what eventually dooms the film. What starts off as droll becomes skittishly humourous, then a touch episodic and then unengaging. Adam & Paul works at showing the meaninglessness of these lives, but we got that in the first ten minutes. Divorced of the feature structure there are some excellent short films in here, or an excellent sitcom even. But the film seems inconsequential, because it is inconsequential.

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