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Buddy Boy (1999)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  24 March 2000 (USA)
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An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.

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The story of a pious introvert whose religious conviction begins to crumble under the weight of a cruel and strange existence, Buddy Boy is a study of faith, obsession, alienation and madness. The film's title character, Francis, lives with his invalid, abusive mother in a dingy tenement apartment, and has suffered a life of unrelenting misfortune and brutality. Over time, he has withdrawn from the world and into himself, silently observing others rather than interacting with them. His only solace has been his Catholicism, but he has begun to question his faith in a loving God who could countenance so much evil and pain. When he discovers he can see into the apartment of a beautiful, mysterious woman from his own back stairs, Francis cannot stop watching her, even after he meets her and they become romantically involved. Unable or unwilling to believe that she could actually love him, he becomes ever more obsessive in his voyeurism. And it is what Francis sees - or thinks he sees - ... Written by N. Bentner

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Rated R for sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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$3,651 (USA) (24 March 2000)

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$10,281 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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Received a standing ovation after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. See more »

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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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Numb
Written by Chris Hakius(as C. Hakius)/Al Cisneros(as L. Cisneros)/Matt Pike(as M. Pike)/J. Marler
Performed by Sleep
Courtesy of Tupelo Records by arrangement with Revolver Music
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Dark film enhanced by Tyrrell
23 February 2003 | by (Oceanside,Ca.) – See all my reviews

Dark and quirky film about a real introvert that stays home to take care of his mother. He's extremely lonely and frustrated by his life and spends his time spying on his attractive neighbor. Sounds like a creepy film and it is but Susan Tyrrell who plays his mother is just terrific. Her performance elevates this film from a throw away to a real curio! Tyrrell has made a career out of playing these incredibly offbeat roles and no one does it better. One of the frustrating things about the story is when Emmanuelle Seigner's character is somehow attracted to Aiden Gillen and he doesn't seem to appreciate it. Then his paranoia starts to take over and he thinks she's a cannibal. Film has one of those ambiguous endings and its up to each viewers taste as to how you'll react to this. But Tyrrell is a standout. Former child actress Linda Manz (Days of Heaven, The Wanderers) appears in the film as well.


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