Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

What Means Motley?

Year: 2006
Language: English, Romanian
Run Time: 87 minutes

What Means Motley?

With droves of Romanians seeking to exit the country, Irish conman Mickey Moynihan devises the perfect plan to make cash. After charming the Irish Consul in Romania over a few pints, Mickey only has to convince him that 41 random Romanians are invited to an Irish music festival - as an acclaimed gypsy choir. While working out the details of his scam to make money off of the visas, Mickey crosses paths with Catalina, a young woman whose father has lost her in a bet to the ringleader of the Gypsy Mafia. Desperate to flee, Catalina has gone to "The Frenchman," a madman who can get anyone a Visa - at a price. In the end, Mickey and his cohorts are dealing with far more than the good-natured Consul and 41 tone-deaf Romanians. Clever cinematography, an astonishingly fast pace, and a spot-on soundtrack make this a funny and engrossing film. In addition to being based on a real immigration scam, WHAT MEANS MOTLEY? stars the Honorary Irish Consul of Romania, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. (In English and Romanian with English sutbitles) - J.B.H.

CIFF31 Screenings

Friday, March 16, 2007 at 11:45 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 9:30 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Sunday, March 18, 2007 at 7:15 PM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

Cedar Lee Theatre 1

Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 9:30 AM

  • This screening has been cancelled.

John Ketchum, John Riley, Barry Mulligan

John Ketchum, John Riley

John Ketchum, John Riley, Barry Mulligan, Dave Duce

Oleg Mutu

Catalin Leascu

Principal Cast
Barry Mulligan, Irina Dinescu, Emil Hostina, Adrian Ciglenean, Yann Le Blay, Eamon Rohan

Film Contact

Collins and Scanlon, and 89.7 WKSU

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