yeah i can relate to what Herzog said about this film
This film demands a patient viewer but it pays off with one of the most emotionally crippling endings I have ever witnessed. A controversial and tragically overlooked American Masterpiece.
Apart from the gratuitous BJ scene - which may be well-intentioned as far as delivering a "fuck you" to Hollywood or something - Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny is a contemplative and hypnotic road movie that, whilst by no means perfect, delivers an engaging insight into loss, grief, guilt and loneliness.
MASTERPIECE IN EVERY WAY. I understand a great artwork will not be everyones cup of tea. This masterpiece seems to get under peoples skin even before they have seen it. All the haters in the universe will never erase this masterpiece from the world and filmmakers for centuries will be drawing ideas and inspiration from this classic. Ask Sophia Coppola and Paul Thomas Anderson. Two filmmakers who have already bitten
The problem is that Gallo pushed what could have been a small (and very good) short film into into a wilderness of intolerable cruelty. The Brown Bunny is a film fulfilled of self-indulgence and compassion with itself. I just can't buy it. In fact, the more I remember the scenes that not feature Sevigny, the more I want to kill myself.
The older I get, the more I can relate to the character played by Vincent Gallo. The disappointment, the self-hatred, the inability to take any pleasure from life; the desire to die, to be absolved, to start again. To obliterate everything that came before, and everything pointless that will undoubtedly follow, and exist, just before the moment of death, in that one tattered memory of a person impossible to forget. "I let you down... and I can't live with it." The shame and the defeat too much to bear. Everything else just meaningless.
the brown bunny is one of the most sincere, conceptual and moving pieces of filmmaking to ever take on loneliness and love lost. Herzog proclaimed that it was "the best portrayal of the particular loneliness a man feels"
I love these slow, enigmatic, and meditative films. I enjoyed this a lot, I don't care about the reputation. It's a slow road trip into a lonely hell that had poignant and physically effecting ending (and I'm not referring to the pornographic sex scene). And on that note: the scene is needed. The reality of it is stark and sad, fitting for the end. It's bold, but someone has to keep pushing cinema forward...
There were many things I liked about The Brown Bunny, but the ending is questionable. If a guy had a girlfriend die tragically and he felt torn by it and his inability to save her life, would he really have the fantasy that Vincent Gallo has at the end of The Brown Bunny? Seriously?
felt contemplative and sad at times, but also sometimes monotonous and "directionless" in a way to which i felt aversion. i sometimes enjoy directionless-ness in films, but this didn't "strike me" emotionally very much. i enjoyed the last scene in the film (after the blowjob).
It strikes me how precisely and consistently Gallo pictured the process of complicated grief, everything is extremely logical. The interesting part is that over this highly intellectual content he spilled some raw sperm just to be exclusive, just to be Gallo. and of course he succeeded. beautiful.
It's been a couple of months now and my disgust still hasn't assuaged. What an insult to my cinephilia as well as to anyone who has ever felt truly lonely in life. Vincent Gallo: an inexcusable fraud.
I'm sorry that you feel you said enough because I don't agree, a Twitter-lengthed verse isn't sufficient if you want any credibility for such a strong and all-encompassing accusation, but then again I'm sure you'll retort that you don't care to have said credibility anyways...
Not taking no for an answer would imply that I persisted more than once in asking you to flesh out your original statement, which I have not done and will not attempt to do because you've demonstrated an inability and unwillingness to do so. Point is: don't treat the page as a place to air out dirty mental laundry with unbaked statements to "get off your virtual chest".
Steve has a point. There's no reason why you can't feel the way you do about Gallo or this film. But you're not providing any thoughtful or useful commentary on either by just saying they disgust you. You also leave nothing for people who want to read the comments to see if it's a film worth seeing. If it's not worth seeing, then give your reasons.
I just posted a review for Brown Bunny. It's the first film review I've ever posted on any site. If anyone thinks it's half decent, please let me know. I have always dreamed of being a film critic, but maybe that's all it will ever be. I would love to find some sort of work in film reviewing one day. Thanks.
Near perfect, I think this one is an improvement over Buffalo 66 where the family scenes and stuff in the diner rang a bit false for me... I only wish as others below have, that the film was longer.... and I'm not 100% sure on the 'twist' , normally I dislike such things, although it does use it very well leading up to a perfect final shot... I wish we had the Cannes cut to compare....
What an ending! Brilliantly passionate, ruthlessly raw, unbelievably misunderstood.