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Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)

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A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brian Fisk ...
Pond Boy
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Pearl (as Chloe Sevigny)
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Father
Joyce Korine ...
Grandma
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Chris
Miriam Martínez ...
Teenage Girl (as Miriam Martinez)
Edgar Erikkson ...
Bearded Man
James Moix ...
Dancing Man
Victor Varnado ...
Rapper
Oliver A. Bueno ...
Bowler
Roger Harris ...
Bowler
Josseph Padilla ...
Bowler
Olivia Pérez ...
Bowler (as Olivia Perez)
Freddie Perez ...
Bowler
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Storyline

"O, mio babbino caro" plays as a woman skates gracefully. In contrast, little is graceful and daddy is not dear in Julien's world. His father listens to blues wearing a gas mask; dad prods, lectures, and derides Julien as well as Julien's brother and pregnant sister, while grandma attends to her dog. Julien is different, schizophrenic. He wears gold teeth. He bowls, sings, worships, and chats with a group of young adults with disabilities. His sister's child is probably his own. He talks on the phone, imagining it's his mother, who died in childbirth years before. He may be a murderer of children. From his point of view (perhaps), the film follows this odd family for a few weeks. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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13 September 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Dogme # 6 - Julien Donkey-Boy  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,845 (USA) (8 October 1999)

Gross:

$80,226 (USA) (5 November 1999)
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To achieve the film's unique look, the video was transferred onto 8mm stock before being blown up to 35mm using an optical printer. See more »

Quotes

Pearl: Keep brushing your teeth and you will always be a happy person.
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Referenced in From Dogma to Dogville: Don't Try This at Home (2006) See more »

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5 Bagatelles, Op. 47, 1st Movement
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by The Takács Quartet (as Takacs Quartet)
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Messy unwatchable film
1 October 1999 | by (Greenwich Village, NY) – See all my reviews

Much is made of the fact that this is the first American film to be certified by the strictly realist Danish Dogma group. But unlike Celebration or Breaking the Waves, this film is a mess. It centers on a schizophrenic young man in Queens. The movie consists of disjointed scenes. Eventually, a plot develops when Julien's pregnant sister played by Chloe Sevigny has a miscarriage, and Julien steals the dead baby from the hospital, takes it home, and loves it. Until those scenes, the movie just goes from one place to another, occasionally engendering giggles, but not providing anything to grab hold of. Ewen Bremner, memorable in Mojo, gets totally under the skin of Julien, but total immersion by an actor in the role of a disconnected person does not make for a watchable movie.


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