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Buddy Boy (1999)

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An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.



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Father Gillespie
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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 Over time, he has withdrawn from the world and into himself, silently observing others rather than interacting with them.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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Drama | Thriller

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

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24 March 2000 (USA)  »

Box Office

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


$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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Bizarre and often brilliant, a visually stunning study of one man's dark and lonely world.
9 March 2000 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This disturbing and hilarious film achieves a delicate balance of the macabre and the absurd. At times it approaches satire, but its ultimate dramatic intensity belies a more serious study of faith and alienation. The performances of Aidan Gillen, as Francis, the lonely introvert voyeur, and Susan Tyrrell, his abusive mother, are exceptional. The production design and cinematography together create a strange and haunting world. One particularly interesting element is the use of sound to convey the protagonist's changing psychological perspective. Overall, this film has the unusual characteristic of staying with you long after you've seen it. I would highly recommend it.

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