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Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)

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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Comedy | Drama

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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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Trivia

Musician Will Oldham has a small uncredited role in the film. He can be seen at the party (Chapter 13. party on the DVD) in the first few seconds, and then again, just before the chapter ends, dancing with Julien (Oldham is clean shaven and wearing a blue jumper with white collar shirt). See more »

Quotes

Father: Don't scream. I don't want you to scream. Be a man and quit that moody brooding.
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Featured in Side by Side (2012) See more »

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Compassion for M
Written by David Pajo
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NOT a mainstream film, but Very Interesting
28 January 2000 | by (berkeley, CA) – See all my reviews

I wasn't sure how this film was going to appear when I finally saw it. I felt "gummo" was a great film, and didn't see exactly how this was going to compare. "Julien" actually seemed to surpass in reality. It was in no way a mainstream film, but on the other hand, it was not too "artsy" to be understandable. It kept my attention the entire time. I was intrigued not only by the film techniques but by the story it told. The characters were outstanding considering nothing was scripted. I thought the end of the film was very offensive when watching it, but thinking back on it now, it was handled very well and the movie was telling a story. All actors were very believable, and Svengy did a magnificent job. I think my favorite part in the film was the scene in the thrift store. I was also very happy to notice Will Oldham in the party scene and then see a thank you to him in the credits. If "gummo" intrigued you, this film will also.


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