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Mister Lonely (2007)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 2008 (UK)
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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.

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Harmony Korine
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Jason Pennycooke ... Sammy Davis, Jr.
Anita Pallenberg ... The Queen
Rachel Korine ... Little Red Riding Hood
Joseph Morgan ... James Dean
Melita Morgan Melita Morgan ... Madonna
Daniel Rovai ... Moe Stooge
Nigel Cooper Nigel Cooper ... Curly Stooge
Mal Whiteley Mal Whiteley ... Larry Stooge
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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.

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Comedy | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 March 2008 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Imitátorok See more »

Filming Locations:

Bocas del Toro, Panama See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,769, 4 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$165,831, 3 August 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Melita Morgan who plays Madonna designed her own costume for the film. See more »

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Michael Jackson: It's hard to always laugh when you don't know what people find so funny.
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Something very different from Korine - must-see cinema!
12 August 2007 | by Paul MartinSee all my reviews

In spite of mixed early reviews of Mister Lonely, the latest film by wunderkind Harmony Korine was not only one of the stand-out films for me at the Melbourne International Film Festival, but one of my favourites of 2007. My experience of his work to date is limited to the writing of Larry Clark's Kids and his directorial debut Gummo. The former I saw relatively recently and impressed me with its gritty realism, while the latter surprised me on its theatrical release with its bleakness.

Mister Lonely is a much more colourful film than anything associated with Korine. Its visuals (such as set design, camera angles and cinematography) are very pleasing, accentuated by its seemingly unrelated parallel narratives and absurdist premise. A Michael Jackson impersonator in France meets a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, who introduces him to a Scottish commune full of various impersonators. While superficially the film appears to be frivolous, clearly it has deeper social comments to make about identity, loneliness and alienation, issues the director has been reportedly grappling with personally.

The other narrative relates to a group of missionaries in Panama, with Werner Herzog portraying a priest, Father Umbrillo, delivering food aid by plane, assisted by various nuns. While the connection between the dual narratives is unclear, this story is strangely surreal, visually alluring and entertaining.

There is a small flat spot towards the end of the film, but for most of the film's 112 minutes, I had a big smile that was hard to wipe off my face. Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, James Dean, Little Red Riding Hood, Queen Elizabeth, the Pope, The Three Stooges, Abraham Lincoln, Madonna and Buckwheat are all there.

The humour and irony are used with a clever and skillful blend of under- and over-statement. There is an underlying subtle sadness to some of the characters who, in spite of their eccentric alter egos, remain ordinary people that an audience can relate to. The film is intelligent and emotionally honest. One part is particularly close to the bone for me and brought tears to my eyes. This is Korine's most accessible and enjoyable film. It is full of originality and I highly recommend it.


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