Julien Donkey-Boy Review

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Examining the dynamic of schizophrenic Julian's (Bremner) family.


The first American movie to comply with Dogme 95's lo-fi rules, this sophomore effort from Kids screenwriter Harmony Korine revolves around the grainy, improvised adventures of a singularly weird American family - which is saying something. Indeed, it's difficult to work out quite who is the flakiest - Bremner's shouty schizophrenic, Sevigny's empty-headed, harp-playing mother-to-be, or Herzog's apparently psychotic paterfamilias. Certainly, in real life, this misbegotten family would be worth an entire week of Jerry Springer shows. Despite some creditable performances, however, Korine's bizarre, shambling direction renders the result less ground-breakingly experimental than rectum-numbingly dull.

From his contribution to Kids, nobody was quite sure what to make of this-time director Korine. Now we know: pretencious.