Charlie Casanova (2010)




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A charming sociopath's life begins to unravel in this independent drama from Irish filmmaker Terry McMahon. Charlie (Emmett J. Scanlan) is a successful and well-to-do businessman who is attending a weekend-long conference with his wife, three of his best friends and their spouses. What most of them don't know is Charlie's life is a house of cards; his business is falling apart, his investments are going bust, his marriage is on its last legs, he's been having an affair with a friend's wife, and he's using credit cards to fend off his inevitable financial collapse. En route to the conference, Charlie runs over a working-class woman with his car; he decides to let the draw of a card determine if he calls the police or simply moves on, and over the rest of the weekend, he uses a deck of cards to make his choices. As chance takes the place of Charlie's stunted conscience, his actions and statements become increasingly ugly and abusive while his arrogance, his sense of privilege and his contempt for nearly everyone around him become obvious. Writer and director McMahon raised the financing for Charlie Casanova and recruited most of his cast and crew through postings on Facebook, with the filmmaker claiming it was the first feature film conceived and launched though the use of the social networking site. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Emmet Scanlan
as Charlie Casanova
Ruth McIntyre
as Soairse
Tommy O'Neill
as Charlie's father
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Critic Reviews for Charlie Casanova

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Lots of attitude, little accomplishment.

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Top Critic

This relentlessly one-note, indigestibly overwritten picture duplicates the experience of being trapped in a train carriage with a bore who's spent too much time at the drinks trolley.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Irish Times

In this low-budget Irish tale Charlie Barnham (Emmett Scanlan) is a loathsome psychopath who regards the rest of humanity with sneering contempt.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012
Daily Express (UK)

Charlie is unbearably and unintentionally obnoxious. I guess we are supposed to see some devilish charisma or glamour or wit, but he is just a tiresome prat.

Full Review… | May 10, 2012

An opinionated motormouth reveals sociopathic tendencies in an Irish micro-budgeter that's the very definition of a hard slog.

Full Review… | May 9, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Charlie Casanova


Sad, shallow, boring people doing unpleasant things, Charlie Casanova is the cinematic equivalent of a night on the gin.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

This Irish film, Charlie Casanova, is a character study of an upper middle class guy with a psychopathic personality. Being a psychopath with no moral compass, Charlie must use a deck of cards to help him make important everyday decisions. He also uses his cards to trick his weak-willed friends and loved ones into playing his psychological games. He keeps his pathology to a dull roar around his wife and friends until he accidentally runs over someone in his car. He then blossoms into a dangerously hateful and controlling creep. A disturbing film for those who consider Charlie to be a misguided regular person; but an excellent case study for students of the psychopathic personality. Excellent, intense acting. Watch and learn! Official movie website:

Jean Jessup
Jean Jessup

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