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Mister Lonely -- From the imagination of Harmony Korine comes this comedic fantasia about a Michael Jackson impersonator who moves to a commune full of celebrity impersonators.
Mister Lonely -- Skydiving nuns
Mister Lonely -- Clip: Marilyn invites Michael
Mister Lonely -- Marilyn talks about sick sheep
Mister Lonely -- Montage of life on commune

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Director:
Writers:
Harmony Korine (written by) &
Avi Korine (written by)
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Release Date:
2 February 2008 (Japan) See more »
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Plot:
In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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(116 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Diego Luna ... Michael Jackson

Samantha Morton ... Marilyn Monroe

Denis Lavant ... Charlie Chaplin

James Fox ... The Pope

Werner Herzog ... Father Umbrillo

Leos Carax ... Renard

Richard Strange ... Abraham Lincoln

Jason Pennycooke ... Sammy Davis, Jr.

Anita Pallenberg ... The Queen

Rachel Korine ... Little Red Riding Hood

Joseph Morgan ... James Dean
Melita Morgan ... Madonna

Daniel Rovai ... Moe Stooge
Nigel Cooper ... Curly Stooge
Mal Whiteley ... Larry Stooge
Esme Creed-Miles ... Shirley Temple
Michael-Joel David Stuart ... Buckwheat (as Michael Joel-Stuart)
Cerrlera ... Man with Flowers
Britta Gartner ... Nun

Camille De Pazzis ... Nun 2 (as Camille de Piazzis)

David Blaine ... Priest 2
Eve Korine ... Nun
Elina Larrauga ... Nun
Loreto Barcelo ... Nun
Gundula Hofer ... Nun
Sabrina Ruiz ... Nun
Lila Munro ... Nun
Leslie Aldredge ... Nun
Louisa Jones ... Nun
Aralelly Davidson ... Nun
Anyury Trotman ... Nun
Mikeysha Calimoke ... Nun
Sue Clark ... Nun
Macia Zapata ... Nun
Eric Cornet ... Dunce on Paris Bus
Franck Milhan ... Dunce on Paris Bus (as Franck Milihan)
Alisa Grace Greaves ... Autograph Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Quentin Grosset ... Le petit garçon (uncredited)

Directed by
Harmony Korine 
 
Writing credits
Harmony Korine (written by) &
Avi Korine (written by)

Produced by
Charles-Marie Anthonioz .... associate producer
Agnès B. .... executive producer
Adam Bohling .... co-producer
Ann Carli .... associate producer
James Flynn .... associate producer
Harmony Korine .... producer
Richard Mansell .... associate producer
Hengameh Panahi .... associate producer
David Reid .... co-producer
Nadja Romain .... producer
Peter Watson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jason Spaceman 
The Sun City Girls 
 
Cinematography by
Marcel Zyskind 
 
Film Editing by
Paul Zucker 
Valdís Óskarsdóttir 
 
Casting by
Sarah Crowe 
 
Production Design by
Richard Campling 
 
Art Direction by
Johnny Campling 
 
Set Decoration by
Marie-Laure Valla 
 
Costume Design by
Judy Shrewsbury 
 
Makeup Department
Jo Allen .... hair designer
Jo Allen .... makeup designer
Mark English .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Sylvain Marques .... assistant unit manager: french unit
Dean O'Toole .... unit production manager
Charlotte Puiroux .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sonia Delhaye .... trainee assistant director
James Hagger .... first assistant director
Anna Sheldrake .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Robert Crewe .... construction manager
Josh Fifarek .... set designer
Alex Raine .... assistant art director
Lee Whiteman .... props
Lee Whiteman .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Julie Ankerson .... foley artist
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Tim Barker .... sound recordist: Panama crew
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Ben Brazier .... sound editor
Simon Bysshe .... playback operator
Simon Bysshe .... sound assistant
Adam Davidson .... adr recordist
Jamie Gambell .... sound mixer
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Ben Greaves .... boom operator
Mathew Knights .... sound re-recording mixer
Julien Perez .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruno Seznec .... mastering
Anna Sulley .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Paul Beard .... visual effects line producer
Simon Carr .... visual effects design: Men-from-Mars
Adam Christopher .... digital colourist
Emma Clifton .... compositor
Harriet Donington .... visual effects producer
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Lionel Heath .... compositor: Men from Mars
Rhodri James .... system engineer
Rick Leach .... rotoscoper
Tom Pegg .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Dain .... camera trainee
Henry Landgrebe .... clapper loader
Jens Lund-Larsen .... best boy
Richard Miles .... electrician
Pete Nash .... grip
Brent Stewart .... photographer
Juergen Teller .... photographer
Simon Tindall .... first assistant camera
Jacob Østergaard .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Marie-Sylvie Caillierez .... casting
Marie Pierre Delabrière .... extras casting (as Marie-Pierre Vau)
Cassandra King .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Flyng .... costume supervisor
Claire Tong .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Haigh .... first assistant editor
Jamie Rogers .... trainee assistant editor
Matthew Streatfield .... assistant editor
Alex Panton .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Liz Gallacher .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Freya Beales .... production assistant
Laure Bregevin .... script supervisor: UK and France
Catia Di Giorgio .... production coordinator
Samantha Gardner .... production secretary
Paul Harris .... choreographer
Glynn Henderson .... safety consultant
François Lamotte .... other crew
Richard Lormand .... unit publicist
Richard McNeill .... production accountant
Sylvia Parker .... script supervisor
Manuel Pouet .... location scout
Tracey Taylor .... assistant post-production accountant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Abner Benaim .... special thanks
Laura De Casto .... very special thanks
Joshua Elrod .... special thanks (as Elbone)
Alainée Kent .... special thanks
Alexandra Stone .... thanks
 

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112 min
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In an interview with a newspaper in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., Harmony Korine stated that he made several trips to Iceland to scout locations for the film. He ended up ditching that idea altogether and shooting the film in Scotland and France.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The shape of the nuns' parachutes are visible as they are falling from the plane.See more »
Quotes:
The Pope:Do they not know that their little arms are too short to box with God?See more »
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Cheek to CheekSee more »

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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
That's Show Business, Folks., 23 October 2008
Author: MacAindrais from Canada

Mister Lonely (2008) ****

Well, it's been 8 years since Harmony Korine made a film. The last time we saw him was in Julien Donkey-Boy, before that Gummo. Both those movies passed through eyes of which the majority had no understanding. Roger Ebert, in his review of Julien Donkey Boy, referred to Korine as on a list with such names as Herzog, Cassevetes, Tarkovsky, Brakhage, Godard, etc. The reason: because he smashed the boundaries of how a conventional filmmaker would have told such tales. He also pointed out the near death of the underground film scene. There once was a time when if you were a film buff, you sought out films like these, and sat willfully in old one screen cinemas. And you were not alone: It's hard to believe now, but yes people lined up around street corners to see the Godard's or Tarkovsky's. Now those lineups are reserved for the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean and Spiderman.

That kind of film buff is now a rare breed. We exist, and gleefully buy our tickets and run to the theatres, but we're no longer shoulder to shoulder or lined up around the corner. Take as an anecdote a few trips made to my local film festival. I saw a Bela Tarr film, and in my idealism rushed to get there early so i could get a seat. Though later I realized that the auditorium was only maybe half full, at best, in one of the smallest auditoriums in the city. When I first saw Mister Lonely, it was of course the same.

But I digress. The point? Mister Lonely, like Korine's two previous directorial outings, dare to be different, dare to be bold, and so are destined to go unappreciated. Even Ebert, who praised Julien Donkey-Boy only gave the film 2 stars - though he did wish he could give a 2 star positive review. The problem with making a film like Mister Lonely is that its so odd that everyone gets caught up on the oddity. A common gripe: "sure its original, but what's the point?" Mister Lonely, written by Korine and his brother Avi, sets its sights on the world of celebrity impersonators. Mainly are Michael Jackson (Luna) and Marilyn Monroe (Morton). He meets her while working a bizarre gig at an old folks home, as they sit half amused, half catatonic. She invites him back to her commune in the highlands of Scotland, inhabited by their kind: Abe Lincoln, James Dean, Madonna, the Queen, the Pope, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Stooges, and Charlie Chaplin and Shirley Temple, who are her husband and daughter, respectively of course. They live in their own world. The only thing that ties them to the real world is a flock of sheep. To them, their world seems as perfect as they want it to be, for they are the truest souls of all as they cloak themselves in the lives and manners of others. Or so that is their claim. To showcase their talents and philosophy, they build a theatre where they will put on shows for themselves, and the townsfolk.

Although their is light heartedness and tender sweetness, something else seems to be sinister. Charlie Chaplin is an egomaniac, and emotionally abusive towards his wife, Marylin Monroe. To everyone else he is courteous and, well, Chaplin-esquire. She tells him that sometimes he looks more like Hitler than Chaplin.

Though the film retains its tenderness, its big shift comes with the slaughter of sheep. They are infected, and even the living must be killed. All gather round as Larry, Curly and Moe pull the triggers of double barrel shotguns. In a way, their fantasy reality is not so much shattered, but breached.

Punctuating this is a story about flying nuns, who believe that they can jump from the priests plane (played with absurd hilarity by Werner Herzog himself) and land safely on the ground below.

Although Korine has always found the beauty in his own chaos, Mister Lonely is a much more aesthetic film than his others. It has a certain level of visual prestige that few others would even strive to. Many images are quite simply breathtaking. The sequences of Nuns, accentuated in their sky blue robes against the sky blue skies are some of my favorite in any film.

And, yes, there is a point. What is it? I think I know, though I'm positive its up to some personal interpretation. And for that matter, a review is not the proper place for such a discussion. This much can be said though, its poignant, touching, and genuinely heartbreaking and life affirming at once.

Films like this exist to be based solely upon their own merit. Even though Mister Lonely has some thematic similarities to, say, Sweet Movie (which Korine has said was an influence on his career), it is still something all together unique.The problem with films like Mister Lonely, though, is that they must be taken totally literally or not at all, or maybe both at the same time. That is a lot to ask of an audience, especially now. But, I ask, is that not the point of good film-making? And Besides, where else can you see the Pope sleeping with the Queen? The Three Stooges killing sheep? Michal Jackson play ping pong with Charlie Chaplin? Or maybe James Dean hang out by a swing with Madonna and Shirley Temple? Where I ask you, where!

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