The movie "Johnny" is about a homeless group of young people. They think that they are held together by each other's friends, but in the center of their group is the power of "Johnny," the main character who controls them all. He is strong, powerful and - sometimes gentle and loving his followers. At some point, he may encourage them to humiliate themselves, and next time push them to acts of extreme violence against each other, and then do so better, giving a sincere attachment to their members. Johnny is Hitler, Mao, rock star, Charles Manson, and the Messianic martyr. Johnny is the guy who lives with his mother and she so much loves him that she climbs into bed with him.Written by
Considered to be the first North American film shot in the style of Dogma 95. See more »
Carl Bessai is credited as writer and producer but his director credit is replaced by the statement "(dIRECTOR SHALL NOT BE CREDITED- DOGME 95 VOW #10)". This is done in adherence to the art film movement called Dogma 95. See more »
Johnny (Chris William Martin of "Felicity") is a sociopath, but his charisma is so overwhelming that it is easy to see how easily people can overlook this in a leader. He is strong, powerful, and -- most alarmingly -- tender and loving to his followers. In one moment he may be encouraging them to humiliate themselves, in the next goading them into acts of extreme violence against one another, and then making it all better by bestowing (apparently sincere) affection on his groupies. Johnny is a Hitler, a Mao, a rock star, a Charles Manson, and a messianic martyr rolled into one package. In other environments than the streets, he might have become a politician, an entertainer, a military leader, president of a Yale secret society, or the dark shadow of J. Pierpont Finch, rising from mailroom clerk to corporate command. This is one powerful movie!
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