Writer-director-composer Vincent Gallo and Christina Ricci star in this quirky and deliberately grimy little movie. Gallo plays Billy Brown, recently released from prison and unable to find so much as a decent bathroom in his cold hometown. Billy’s parents are unaware that he’s been locked up; in a pathetic attempt to impress them with how successful he’s become, he hits on the novel plan of kidnapping young dance student Layla (Ricci) and forcing her to play the role of his wife. Billy’s distant—to say the least—parents are played to the hilt by Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara, Huston in particular bringing a demented glee to her role as Billy’s football-obsessed mother. As the movie unfolds, we learn more about Billy’s tormented childhood and unfortunate tendency to bet on the Bills in the Super Bowl. Gallo boldly throws himself into the task of playing a complete sleazebag, and Ricci does lovely standout work as the one ray of hope in the grinding darkness of Billy’s life. This odd little love story is just the thing to make you feel better about your own relationship—especially if you’re not in one. –Ali Davis
Vincent Gallo. American born, Buffalo, New York, 1961. Left home, moved to New York City in 1978, and began playing in the experimental musical group Gray with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. After leaving Gray he formed the band Bohack and recorded the highly regarded avant-garde industrial noise album It Took Several Wives.
During the same period Gallo also became known in New York City for his very unusual street performances, which were spontaneously executed in public and also witnessed by invited guests in the know. The One Armed Man, The Man with No Face, Sandman, Boy Hit by a Car, and Boy Cries in Restaurant Window to name a few. These radical public performances were upsetting and disturbing and were meant to provoke thought, self-reflection and consciousness. Gallo’s invited guests could witness his performance’s impact in this larger public context.
One invited guest, New York Underground filmmaker Eric Mitchell, cast Gallo as the lead in his film The Way It… read more
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This is a film I truly wish I would have seen on the big screen. Not that there is anything wrong with seeing it on the small screen but this film truly feels cinematic and feels like it could have… read review
Buffalo ‘66 bisa jadi adalah salah satu kisah cinta paling disturbing yang diproduksi di dekade 90-an. Once and still a musician, Gallo mengambil risiko untuk mencoba menyutradarai film perdananya… read review
Avec une mise en scène souvent déroutante, tonique et touchante, Vincent Gallo réalise un film-ovni décapant sur l’impossibilité d’être soi. Passant en revue les rapports familiaux, amicaux, sentimentaux… read review