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Buddy Boy (1999)

An introvert relieves the tedium of caring for his invalid mother by spying on his neighbor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Francis
... Gloria
... Sal
... Vic
... Father Gillespie
... Mr. Salcedo
... Omar
Richard Assad ... Haroonian
... Ireland
... Ken
Darryl Henriques ... Doctor
Michael Halsey ... Brian
... Marilyn
... Mr. Jones
... Navajo Clad Woman
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The story of a pious introvert whose religious conviction begins to crumble under the weight of a cruel and strange existence, Buddy Boy is a study of faith, obsession, alienation and madness. The film's title character, Francis, lives with his invalid, abusive mother in a dingy tenement apartment, and has suffered a life of unrelenting misfortune and brutality. Over time, he has withdrawn from the world and into himself, silently observing others rather than interacting with them. His only solace has been his Catholicism, but he has begun to question his faith in a loving God who could countenance so much evil and pain. When he discovers he can see into the apartment of a beautiful, mysterious woman from his own back stairs, Francis cannot stop watching her, even after he meets her and they become romantically involved. Unable or unwilling to believe that she could actually love him, he becomes ever more obsessive in his voyeurism. And it is what Francis sees - or thinks he sees - ... Written by N. Bentner

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Rated R for sexuality, violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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$3,651, 26 March 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,281, 2 April 2000
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Received a standing ovation after its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. See more »

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References Blue Velvet (1986) See more »

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The Block
Written by Marcus Shelby
Performed by Marcus Shelby and Jazzantiqua Music Ensemble
Courtesy of Noir Records
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There's something strange in your neighbourhood...
10 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This film offers such a vivid depiction of mental illness that I found myself slightly disturbed after I had done watching it (I'm OK now, though!!) It will appeal to those who are fans of unsettling psychological horror that explores one person's mental state. Other films that I'm sure this one carries the influence of, include: "The Driller Killer", "Psycho", "Bad Boy Bubby"...

I'm no psychiatrist, but it struck me how it might be possible to get so wrapped up in one person, that you begin projecting your issues onto them once they've let you down; because up until then they'd been the only reliable, stable figure in your life. Throw in religious crises, which have the ability to make you even more uncertain, and you've got the recipe for one seriously messed-up individual. There is imagery contained within to turn your stomach and make your head spin. Take a chance on "Buddy Boy" if you're in the mood for a walk on the wild side; I just hope you come back unscathed... !


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