Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
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In his second directorial effort, writer/director Harmony Korine embraces the hyper-realist aesthetic of Lars Von Trier's Dogma 95 film movement, which mandates handheld photography using only available lighting, among other restrictions. As in the controversial Gummo (1997), Korine abandons traditional narrative for a series of vignettes about bizarre characters, in this case centered on Julien (Ewen Bremner), a schizophrenic who works in a school for the blind. Julien lives at home with his
Oct 15, 1999 Wide
Mar 20, 2001
Fine Line Features
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Julien donkey-boy acquires a spiritual dimension that allows it ultimately to become an act of redemption.
It adds up to something, unlike a lot of movies where individual shots are sensational, but they add up to nothing.
Projects such as Julien exist not to explore the essentials of a film, but to induce in audiences a kind of critical vertigo.
This movie could make you physically ill.
... mostly it just seemed mean, ruthless and designed simply to shock the sensibilities of the squares.
The armless cardsharp and the rapping albino are just two of the treasures in this miraculous movie.
Most people who see Julien Donkey-Boy will leave the theater disturbed and it will take a special kind of odd-movie aficionado to appreciate the feeling.
Julien Donkey-Boy really is an excuse to let Korine go nuts with his jerky video camera as he stitches together a series of completely unrelated and utterly vapid sequences.
While julien donkey-boy is neither bourgeois nor romantic, it is often unsettlingly funny, though it ultimately recedes into a dark womb of despair.
Has the look and feel of something unearthed in an archeological dig - a primitive piece of folk art.
It's disappointing that this film doesn't really have a storyline, because the characters have a lot of potential.
Julien Donkey-Boy, a nihilistic bit of crap that wants to be oh-so-cool but is really just a low-budget exploration of nothing.
Donkey-Boy exists in an uneasy space between documentary, improvisation, and fictional narrative, and often makes one suspect that Korine may be exploiting his oddball cast.
The sophomore directorial effort of Harmony Korine is one steaming, smelly pile of cinematic excrement.
julien donkey-boy is fascinating viewing for a movie that has nothing to say and nowhere to go.
Julien feels like it could go blow up at any time. It implodes instead, and the meltdown, though visible in one of the final sequences, is still corrosive.
The picture is so personal to the filmmaker, so lacking universality and general interest to a diverse audience, that it might as well be a home movie shown to bored uncles and aunts.
Julian Donkey-Boy, a movie so edgy that you'd like to push it off the edge of a cliff.
Julien Donkey-Boy is never boring to watch. But it is less than inspired in its subject matter.
Julien donkey-boy is a mess. The story is virtually non-existent and, because of the Dogme restraints, the film is much darker and considerably more grainy than Gummo.
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