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A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Ewen Bremner ... Julien
Brian Fisk ... Pond Boy

Chloë Sevigny ... Pearl (as Chloe Sevigny)

Werner Herzog ... Father
Joyce Korine ... Grandma

Evan Neumann ... 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
Carmelo Rodriguez ... Bowler
Chrissy Kobylak ... Chrissy
Carmel Gayle ... Clothing Store Cashier
Herman Reimmer ... Man in Clothing Store
Virginia Reath ... Gynecologist
Mary O'Hara ... Nun
Alvin Law ... Card-Playing Neighbor
Donna Smith ... Dancing Woman
Gary Bergman ... Piano Player
Tom Mullica ... Magician
Johnie Mae Allen ... Partygoer (as Johnny Mae Allen)
Timothy Allen ... Partygoer
George Ashiotis ... Partygoer
Benjamin Butler ... Partygoer
Joneiry Delarosa ... Partygoer
Eternal Divine ... Partygoer
Edery Herrera ... Partygoer
Ruby Rodriguez ... Partygoer
Xenophon A. Theophall ... Partygoer

Archie MacGregor ... Amnesiac Patient
Jeanmarie Evans ... Amnesiac Patient
Ricky Ashley ... Hasidic Boy
Courtney DeBlis ... Skater
Marybeth Grunstra ... Skater
Heidi Vanderhoof ... Skater
Hy Richards ... Doctor

Barry Wernick ... Doctor
Clinton Wright ... Doctor
Carmela García ... Nurse
Punky ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Will Oldham ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Harmony Korine (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harmony Korine  uncredited

Produced by
Jim Czarnecki .... line producer
Scott Macaulay .... producer
Robin O'Hara .... producer
Cary Woods .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Anthony Dod Mantle 
 
Film Editing by
Valdís Óskarsdóttir  (as Valdis Oskarsdottir)
 
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Lori Eastside 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
 
Production Management
Carrie Fix .... production manager
Jill Goldstein .... technical production manager
 
Art Department
Stephen Beatrice .... set coordinator
 
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound conform
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Miksis .... sound
Michael Primmer .... boom operator
Aaron J. Rudelson .... boom operator
 
Stunts
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Jeff Ward .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alejandro Castillo .... additional camera operator
Henry Corra .... additional camera operator
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer
Thomas LeGoff .... still photographer
Lisa Leone .... still photographer
John Perez .... additional camera operator
Richard Rutkowski .... additional camera operator
Mitchell Wagenberg .... supplier: cameras
 
Casting Department
Mark Bennett .... casting associate
 
Editorial Department
Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte .... post-production advisor (as Jeffrey Levy-Hinte)
Paul Zucker .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
David Pajo .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tevin Adelman .... production assistant
Diane Bellino .... assistant to director
Christine Brown .... post-production office consultant
Jeff Brown .... intern
Jeffrey A. Brown .... intern
Kathy Ciric .... location manager
Donna Daniels .... publicist
Mark Deener .... additional legal services
Jonas Drehn .... on-line engineer
Jason Dungan .... intern
Brian Enright .... production assistant
Julie Farol .... intern
Michelle Michael Graves .... intern
Jason K. Grey .... production assistant (as Jason Grey)
Elisa Haradon .... intern (as Elisa Deutsch)
Michael Kuhn .... key production assistant
Rosalind Lawton .... legal consultant
Patrick Lindenmaier .... tape-to-film supervisor (as Patrick Lindenmeyer)
Melissa Lintinger .... production accountant
Paul Mantel .... consultant
Andrea Martin .... intern
Ross Miller .... insurance
Frank Park .... production assistant
Emily Pritchard .... intern
May Redding .... intern
John Reyburger .... on-line engineer
Jason Rothenberg .... production office coordinator
Steven Rubin .... intern
Bear Schmidt .... location coordinator (as Brian 'Bear' Schmidt)
Dan Seligman .... production assistant
Howard Shapiro .... additional legal services
Natasha C. Smith .... intern
Michael Taylor .... continuity
Thuy Tham .... consultant
Neal Usatin .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Dogme # 6 - Julien Donkey-Boy" - USA (series title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, some sexuality and disturbing images
Runtime:
94 min | 101 min
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Trivia:
In preparation for his role, 'Ewen Bremner' worked for several months in an institution for the criminally insane in Queens, New York. He had to take courses in first-aid, hygiene ("a half-day course in washing my hands") and crisis management before he was given the job.See more »
Quotes:
Rapper:I'm a black albino straight from Alabama...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Big Love: Eclipse (#1.4)" (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
O, mio babbino caroSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A force of nature directing a troubled one, 28 March 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Let's be brutally honest here for a second; if you choose to check out Julien Donkey-Boy after reading this review, I will consider you a brave and ambitious soul. If you like the film after watching it, I will consider you an admirable one. Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey-Boy is a difficult film to endure for ninety-nine minutes; a complex and crippling one. It twists your emotions, saddens the soul, and repulses every preconceived notion, or lack thereof, you had entering the film in the first place.

Korine's first picture in 1997 was called Gummo, and it stands as one of the most lurid, controversial pictures of the nineties decade. The film utilized a non-linear narrative, stringing scenes together with little continuity and providing an unblinking look at a scummy town in Ohio that was ravaged by a tornado and never fully recovered. It was a true cinematic wonder, and still remains that way in 2013. Korine followed Gummo up with Julien Donkey-Boy, a film done in the style of "Dogme 95," a filmmaking movement that focused on the naturalism of dialog, story, and plot-progression by using hand-held cameras, source sound, lighting, and props. It also prohibited that directors be credited from their work, so Harmony Korine isn't even known as the official director of this film.

The plot: Julien (Ewen Bremner) is a young, schizophrenic man who lives in his home with his extremely dysfunctional family, consisting of his instigating father (the great German director Werner Herzog), his passive brother Chris (Evan Neumann), and his sister Pearl (Chloë Sevigny), who is carrying Julien's child. We see the world through Julien's eyes, as he rarely leaves the screen for more than a minute. We see the unrelenting madness that unfolds in his home, and sometimes, we become submerged so deeply into Julien's baffling, schizophrenic mind that the film begins to become incoherent and blurry. When I say "blurry," I mean that quite literally, as the film was shot on a DV tape, converted to 16mm (already a sketchy transfer), and finally blown up to 35mm, giving the film an extremely grainy and visually washed-out look.

There's something to be said about Ewen Bremner, who is completely terrific here in a beyond difficult role. Bremner was made famous by his role in Trainspotting, and here, he embodies a character unlike anything else currently present in his filmography. This is the kind of role veteran actors fear taking on, and this is the kind of the story veteran directors neuter or make easier to digest for the public. Not Korine; every project he has done thus far has been exercised to almost complete full-force. He's an uncompromising auteur, putting character before plot and impact before publicity to ensure long-term memorability. He's a requirement for cinema.

When I say "uncompromising," take for example the scene where Pearl falls on the ice-rink, with lethal consequences to someone close to her. This scene is polarizing and frightening all the more. It left me with a boiling feeling of sadness, and had such an impact on me that it never left my thoughts for the remainder of the day. Take another scene, for example, when we see how Julien's father shamelessly bullies him by soaking him with the hose and demanding that he "don't shiver." Or even the scene where Julien pretends he's God and Adolf Hitler simultaneously.

I can compare this to Gummo in the regard of shock, but Julien Donkey-Boy is showing something a tiny bit more distant from reality. To elaborate, Gummo is showing a culture and a town that very well could be real, but it isn't directly based off of any specific part of the world. Yet the problems dealt with in that film since as loss of innocence, vandalism, animal abuse, rape, etc are apparent in our society. Schizophrenia is a mental-disease with effects like those portrayed in the film, and therefore, the reality is more distorted as we are seeing it from the title character's perspective. Both pictures are viscerally gripping for the opposite reason; one shows a toxic reality, while the one merges toxic reality with an even more hypnotic and smothering one.

Julien Donkey-Boy is a hard film to get through, and at one-hundred minutes, can be occasionally maddening. We're being bombarded with so much repulsion and depravity that it becomes a bit of an overload. With that said, the overall disjointedness and the grainy aesthetic can be a bit much, too. But all those reasons are the same reason that I liked the film so much. Korine is a force of nature, one who seems to often rebel, test, and manipulate the rules of cinema to fit his own tendencies, regardless of how explicit or inane they may be. I wouldn't have him, or this film, any other way the more I think about it.

Starring: Ewen Bremner, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, and Evan Neumann. Directed by: Harmony Korine.

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