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Julien Donkey-Boy Review


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Youngster auteur Harmony Korine proves once again that he's fully lost touch with reality in 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. Ostensibly a story about the half-deranged Julien (Ewen Bremner) and his fully-deranged father (Werner Herzog, of all people!), there's really nothing much beyond the Dogme 95-confirmed videography and scene after scene of meaningless pap. Pretty much in line with Gummo, Korine's most recent work.

Julien Donkey-Boy Review


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"julien donkey-boy" is fascinating viewing for a movie that has nothing to say and nowhere to go.

Gutsy, artistically engrossing and fearlessly acted, it is the second feature of Harmony Korine, the dysfunctional, wonder-freak youth who wrote "Kids," a controversial and disturbingly honest, cinema verite look at urban teenagers, and then turned to directing his own scripts with the widely-panned "Gummo," also about extremely screwed-up adolescents -- something Korine obviously knows a lot about.

A more mature, but ultimately pointless work, "julien" passes through several episodes of the life of a slow-witted schizophrenic (Ewan Bremner, "Trainspotting") and his abstrusely aberrant family in a fly-on-the-wall style, the results are like an art-film version of "COPS," spontaneous and ultra-realistic.

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