Julien is a young man who works as an attendant at a school for the blind, and lives in New Jersey as part of a disturbed and dysfunctional family. Julien himself is schizophrenic; as the story begins he has befriended a young boy in some woods, only to batter him to death in an impulsive act. His sister, Pearl, is pregnant; his father is abusive and tyrannical, given to outrageous behaviour in the family home. Julien’s brother, Chris, an aspiring wrestler, and Julien’s grandmother complete the family. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that Julien’s illness and his disturbing family life will lead to tragedy. –BFI
Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is a US film director and writer. He first appeared in the public’s eye as the author of film director Larry Clark’s debut, Kids, a tale of irresponsible teenagers in New York which garnered rave reviews but was literally unable to be seen by the intended audience due to the NC-17 / unrated rating.
Following the success of that Harmony directed and co-produced Gummo, another unique story loosely based around the premise of aspects of life in Xenia, Ohio, post-tornado (although most of it was not filmed there). Harmony cast himself in the film, which features very unusual / disturbing images (bacon on the walls, deaf people arguing, delinquent children) in a bit part as a shy gay teenager. He also had a cameo in Kids as a clubgoer. His sometimes girlfriend, actress Chloë Sevigny (who first appeared in Kids) was perhaps the most well-known star in an otherwise largely non-actors movie.
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I don't like any of this artsy fartsy stuff. This film doesn't even rhyme. 5/5
More unfathomable than Gummo, but more hauntingly beautiful (if you can call it beautiful). More "Art" than a typical film. As usual Anthony Dod Mantle's cinematography was incredible, Ewen Bremner's performance as the schizophrenic Julien is astounding, and Werner Herzog as his father was terrific. Very uncomfortable viewing; most people will hate this. Conclusion: Pregnant women really shouldn't go iceskating...
I didn't think it was possible but I was actually more grossed out by this than by Gummo. I also enjoyed this film significantly more than Gummo. Its style was more impressive, its story more interesting and Werner Herzog is just a delight to watch. Very good film. That ending is fucked up as shit though...
Before seeing Julien Donkey-Boy, my only Dogme95 film had been Vinterberg’s Festen. I liked the film, but I was never truly impressed by the manifesto itself. The same founders never strictly followed… read review