Julien Donkey Boy details
|Formats:||15 DVD, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Chloe Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Chrissy Kobylak, Joyce Korine, Ewen Bremner, Evan Neumann, Brian Fisk|
|Directors:||Harmony Korine, Harmony Korine|
|Collections:||Double Entendres, Unhappy Families|
Julien Donkey Boy
|1hr 35 mins||15|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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I think I can honestly...By Rebecca#61 from ROSYTH , 05 Aug 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]I think I can honestly say that I am no longer an impressionable 18 yr old who can be brainwashed into watching silly pretentious 'arty' flicks like this one and pretend it actually means something. Who is the director trying to impress?? Movies like these should be played at Uni campuses, then destroyed. At 31, I'm waaaaay past my David Lynch phase. Thank God.
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Oh my word what a let downBy a customer from Bexleyheath , 23 Dec 2007In a nutshell, totally unintelligable gobbledegook!! I had really high hopes of this as the leads are excellent actors and have been in some stellar films ,however I stuck this out for as long as I could bear it about 45mins before i turned it off in frustration. The camerawork was unbelievably bad, in an attempt to look gritty it just looked shoddy and so poor quality you could hardly make out what was being said even when it was clear. I'm so disappointed .
AVOID like the plague!! Its not worth you losing any time over.
a darkly comic/tragic wonderBy Calvin (31 reviews) from Edinburgh , 23 Oct 2007
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideEwen Bremner, under the scrutiny of some claustrophobic handheld camerawork, gives an extraordinary performance as the schizophrenic 'Julien' of the title in Harmony Korine's second film as director.
As with 'Gummo' before this, many critics have misinterpreted the dark, dark humour at work here as simple shock tactics. And sure, I think that the initial reaction of any viewer is likely to be just that - shock. However, once you can get past all the prejudices and taboos that are violently broken by this film, it seems to be something of a masterpiece.
The prime cause, I think, of much of the film's shock value is simply its style. To say that it looks gritty and documentary-esque would be an understatement. Shot handheld on the semi-professional Canon XL-1 (MiniDV camera), then blown up to 16mm before 35mm, the image is degraded even far beyond that of David Lynch's recent 'Inland Empire' [Still, there are some uniquely beautiful images in the film, particularly in the innovatively stylised colour compositions which strangely serve to highlight the naturalistic tone]. And it is this naturalism which makes it difficult to laugh at some of the surreal, dark humour: the reactions of passengers when Julien carries a dead foetus on a bus, for example, almost has the psychotic look of CCTV footage.
I do not, though, want to deny that there is a harsh but poignant sadness that lies beneath this humour. And some scenes, particularly Pearl's dangerous pregnant ice skating have an unbearable tension to them.
Director Werner Herzog, a clear influence on Harmony Korine, is also a disturbing and powerful presence as Juliens father.
As for audience appeal, this is probably purely arthouse for now, though I would encourage anyone open to a strange and unique experience to give it some time.
'Julien Donkey-Boy' is a truly unique document of humanity and in years to come I think that Korine will be recognised as one the most innovative and brilliant directors to have emerged in our time.
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CompellingBy a customer from Northampton, England , 02 Oct 2006This takes a bit of watching but is very rewarding, the genius of Puccini's La Boheme contrasts with the madness of the characters giving the film another layer, not to everyone's tasts it would seem, I found it compelling.
Hugely disappointing, certainly not Dogme 95, but Bremner is amazingBy TristanWhite (307 reviews) from London, UK , 19 Jul 2006My heading really sums it all up, to be honest. Bremner (and Herzog) are both excellent in this film, but that's not enough to warrant giving this atrocious film any more than the single star above. It really is shockingly bad. Disjointed, poorly shot, and utterly rubbish. It's not even a good example of Dogme 95 - it flouts pretty much every rule, starting from the death in the opening scene!
Another impressive stage in Korine's developmentBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 01 Jun 2006Korine's second film as a director takes the poetic, free-form style of 'Gummo' and adds a little narrative and order and a good deal of focus. It centres on Ewen Bremner's eponymous character, a schizophrenic with a childlike consciousness and no notion of anything else beyond his immediate family: the first action of the film sees him kill a boy and almost as quickly forget all about it.
His father is played by the director Werner Herzog, to whose early work Korine's films are heavily indebted - hence, I suppose, the casting. He's a monster of a man, perverse, domineering, sneering, beating his family (literally during one scene) into submission. Julien's sister is pregnant with his child; his brother has the somewhat unreal ambition of becoming a professional wrestler.
You might question Korine's use of the handicapped, which only serves to diffuse the focus and which borders on the exploitative (look, ma, it's a freak show), although the purpose is pretty clear: normality is a state of mind.
The camera-work attempts to recreate a schizophrenic's fractured, damaged vision in a sort of self-conscious manner that isn't always successful and, again, continually loses the focus. And anyone who thinks this film, which starts with a murder, obeys the rules of Dogme clearly needs to get a sense of humour.