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Harvie Krumpet (2003)

The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

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The sad, strange life of Harvie, who is born into an impoverished Middle European existence, and whose one constant is the book of "fakts" he keeps adding to, worn around his neck. After a childhood tragedy, he emigrates to Australia, where he has a succession of menial jobs, eventually ending up in a retirement home. Along the way, he has a string of bad luck, leaving him with, among other things, a steel plate in his skull that becomes a magnet. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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AUD 377,000 (estimated)
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This is the first feature film from writer/director Adam Elliot who previously wrote & directed 3 short films titled: "Brother", "Uncle" & "Cousin". Adam Elliot would later write & direct his second feature film "Mary & Max" which would end up being an award winning animated film. See more »

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Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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Dies Irae from Messa da Requiem
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leonard Bernstein
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Deserving of wider recognition
1 March 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I came upon this film by accident--the Australian production company approached my company to license music for "Harvie Krumpet", and after looking at Adam's earlier films we agreed. When I received a VHS tape of Harvie, I was thrilled, not just because of our music, (we got paid whether it was good or not) but because I felt a sense of discovery for a very unique talent and world view. Harvie's world of deadly boredom mixed with equal parts of magic and joy sets this film apart. It seems that Adam Elliot has a great mix of talent--an eye for clever animation with a mind for the daily collision of ordinary and extraordinary.

Geoffrey Rush is understated yet still expressive in his narration. But the film belongs to Adam Elliott with his sight gags and "what really is the difference between tragedy and comedy" mindset.


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