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Bunny and the Bull (2009)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 13 August 2010 (USA)
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A young shut-in takes an imaginary road trip inside his apartment, based on mementos and memories of a European trek from years before.

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Paul King

Writer:

Paul King (screenplay)
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Cast overview:
Edward Hogg ... Stephen
Simon Farnaby ... Bunny
Verónica Echegui ... Eloisa
Richard Ayoade ... Museum Curator
Julian Barratt ... Atilla
Noel Fielding ... Javier
Sylvia Syms ... Hotelier
James Fox ... Narrator
Rich Fulcher ... Captain Crab (voice)
Gus Brown Gus Brown ... Horse Race Commentator
Madeleine Worrall ... Melanie
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Stephen has agoraphobia and, in the flat he won't leave, meticulously labels and stores everything from nail clippings to urine. In long flashbacks we see a trip to the continent he took with his only friend Bunny, an outgoing, inveterate gambler. The European trip is a bit dull (Stephen wants to visit every museum imaginable) until one night in Poland they meet Eloisa, a Spanish waitress, and offer to drive her home for her city's fiesta. We can guess that the trip won't end well - because Stephen is now stuck in his flat with occasional visits from Bunny - but will anything in the reverie move Stephen to action? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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When they are going down the mountain, they crash against the pine tree. But when we see them carrying the bear, they are carrying it from the couple to the pine tree. See more »

Quotes

Javier: Much has been written about the art of bullfighting, but I can sum it up in one sentence: get out of the way of the bull, you idiot! Otherwise he will rip open your anus like it was a cheap velcro wallet.
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Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.57 (2009) See more »

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Attics
Composed by Olly Ralfe (as Oliver Ralfe) and Andrew Mitchell
Performed by Ralfe Band
Published by Domino Publishing Co. LTD. (PRS)
P+C Loose Music under exclusive license from Ralfe Band
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A visual feast of a debut.
13 December 2009 | by come2whereimfromSee all my reviews

Firstly this isn't a Mighty Boosh film and secondly this isn't a comedy, yes it has some funny moments, but it's more of a drama. Quirkily telling the story of a road trip across Europe by friends Bunny and Stephen the action is told through a series of lo-fi set pieces which is a heady blend of Gilliam, Gondry and even Oliver Postgate. There is a real sense of a hands on glue and scissors approach. This comes across in the film as the attention to detail in the sets often threatens to overshadow the actors but it's the central friendship which is at the core of the film that keeps the fantasy in check. Grounded in a reality that most people should be able to recognise the story is at times a heartbreaking flashback to misspent youth and the bonds, no matter how strange, we form as humans. It's an age old story of boy meets girl, girl meets boy's best friend etc but the way the story unfolds with the aid of the animation gives it a fresh lease of life, its surreal and weird but at the same time charming and real. A series of cameos from three fifths of the Boosh are a little light relief in what turns out to be quite a dark tale but it's really Simon Farnaby as the lovable rogue Bunny that shines above all else. Clearly 'Withnail & I' had a big influence on the director if not the film and you will spot similarities, which isn't a bad thing, Whitnail is a classic. Whether this resonates as much with today's youth as that film did we will have to see but all in all director Paul King's leap from small to big screen is a success. It's clever, funny and dark and the start of a big screen career that will be well worth following.


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13 August 2010 (USA) See more »

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$81,010
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Warp X, Screen Yorkshire See more »
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