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Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)

A portrait of the effects of schizophrenia on family life is the central focus.

Director:

Harmony Korine

Writer:

Harmony Korine

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewen Bremner ... Julien
Brian Fisk Brian Fisk ... Pond Boy
Chloë Sevigny ... Pearl (as Chloe Sevigny)
Werner Herzog ... Father
Joyce Korine Joyce Korine ... Grandma
Evan Neumann ... Chris
Miriam Martínez Miriam Martínez ... Teenage Girl (as Miriam Martinez)
Edgar Erikkson Edgar Erikkson ... Bearded Man
James Moix James Moix ... Dancing Man
Victor Varnado Victor Varnado ... Rapper
Oliver A. Bueno Oliver A. Bueno ... Bowler
Roger Harris Roger Harris ... Bowler
Josseph Padilla Josseph Padilla ... Bowler
Olivia Pérez Olivia Pérez ... Bowler (as Olivia Perez)
Freddie 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Dogme # 6 - Julien Donkey-Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,845, 10 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$80,226, 7 November 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There originally was a formal screenplay, dialogue and all, but Harmony Korine abandoned this in his attempt to achieve something else. See more »

Quotes

Father: I don't want this escaping. All this moody brooding; I just don't like that.
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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean
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give yourself a chance
19 November 2003 | by sloughfluxSee all my reviews

Let me tell you a little about art. Art tells you about yourself. When you react negatively and declare that a movie is garbage this says something about your aesthetics. It is one of the grandest illusions there ever was to blame someone or something else for your own reaction. That is what hell is: you torturing yourself. The intention of the artist is so often attacked, as if the man really just picked up a piece of trash and called it 'art'. Art is not a conscious conclusion. And if it is your interpretation that it is a piece of trash labeled 'art', then you must think art is exactly what it is not, a cold rational fact. As if it were a crime to find beauty in anything and everything there is. And as if there should be a rational reason for it to be such. Give yourself a break and allow yourself to experience something other than your cold hard rationality. Reason is predictable. The fun of the game is that don't know the outcome.


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