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UK, 1999 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Dominic Anciano, Ray Burdis

The creative crew that brought you the sublime and wicked Final Cut (MIFF 1999) re-unite for a London crime comedy in the grand tradition of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Ray (unsurpassed British character actor Ray Winstone: The War Zone, MIFF 1998, Nil By Mouth) heads up a bumbling gang of thieves and extortionists who seem to have more trouble with impotence, Karaoke and credit cards than they do with the law. Against better judgement, Jude (Jude Law) introduces his dopey postman pal Jonny to the criminal fraternity. In true gangland style, Jude offers to vouch for Jonny's credentials and performance, which is where the trouble, and fun, begin. Veering wildly between Monty Pythonesque humour and cartoonish violence. Love, Honour and Obey manages to strike the perfect balance between belly-laughs, buffoonery and blazing guns. A turf war with a rival South London gang escalates - thanks to Jonny's increasing ambition and dementia - into a Scarface style apocalypse. All the villainy of The Long Good Friday, all the mania of a St. Trinians film; Love, Honour and Obey is a colourful Brit-Pack gem.

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