Bubby’s buxom mother tricked him to stay locked at home for thirty years, during which she mounts and abuses him. Buddy ends up in the streets groping random women until finding a nurse who is even more buxom than his late mother.
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Why spectate such a deeply unpleasant film? There is a sense of humanity for Bubby, the more you understand his plight - mental health disability, troubled upbringing, incarcerated context. A challenge for the audience - to be compassionate towards the grotesque fringes of society, amidst a tragicomic cinematic tone which tacitly rebukes sentimentally manipulative methods of evoking the spectator's empathy.
A stunning multi-layered movie that is up with the very best of cinematic art. There seems to be so much coming at you every moment: Stunning visuals, engaging characterisation, oscar-worthy soundtrack and extraordinary script combine to create powerful mood, comment and insight into the human condition. A directoral coup in the grand Auteur tradition.
"Normality" comes so easy for some people while they are so oblivious to the privileges that build up their comfortable condition. Lacking any form of privilege throughout existence turned Bubby into a mentally misshapen lunatic who despite his severe impairments and hotchpotch means of interacting, still holds a sane perception of what happens around him without having any fundamental social dogma to rely upon.
Stunning as it is disturbing as it is brilliant. Days have passed since watching this and I am still pondering! In common with some other Australian flicks that thin veneer of that acquired sophistry of civil interaction is run headlong into raw, base and crude animal behaviour in a devastating train wreck that you cannot tear your gaze from. Left me utterly speechless.