Julien Donkey-Boy

Thu, Apr 16, 2015

Dir. Harmony Korine
1999, 99 min
With Ewen Bremmer, Chloë Sevigny and Werner Herzog

The first American film of Dogme 95 movement, Harmony Korine’s Julien Donkey-Boy uses expressive miniDV video cinematography and pitch-perfect performances to capture the tale of a young undiagnosed schizophrenic man, Julien. In the hands of Korine, this seemingly abrasive subject matter attains what Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called a “depth of compassion and understanding.” With unforgettable supporting cast, including iconic German director Werner Herzog as Julien’s father and Chloë Sevigny as his sister, Julien Donkey-Boy showcases how the Dogme 95 movement helped to push the possibilities of cinema to capture outside perspective on the human condition. 

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