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Julien Donkey-Boy (1992)

Ewen Bremner , Brian Fisk , Harmony Korine  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ewen Bremner, Brian Fisk, Chloë Sevigny, Werner Herzog, Joyce Korine
  • Directors: Harmony Korine
  • Writers: Harmony Korine
  • Producers: Cary Woods, Jim Czarnecki, Robin O'Hara, Scott Macaulay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059HA5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Julien Donkey-Boy" on IMDb

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A portrait of the effectsof schizophrenia on family lifeProductInformationJulien Donkey-Boy is a fascinating journey into the mind of anadolescent schizophrenic.  Scenes of actual poetry and beauty(highlighted by director Harmony Korine's inventive use of editing andsound) intersect with those of painfully desperate realism in order topaint an intense portrait of one man's paranoid schizophrenia. Watch as Julien's internal struggle increases in intensityuntil the film's shocking and bizarrely transcendent conclusion.Product Features Featurette: The Confession of Julien Donkey-Boy Deleted Scenes Cast and Crew Filmographies Theatrical Trailer Interactive MenusSpecifications Stars:  Ewen Bremner BrianFisk Chloe Sevigny Format:  ColorDVD-Video Widescreen. NTSC Language:  English Subtitles:  English Rating:  R Number of Discs: 1 Run Time:  94 minutes Directed By:  Harmony Korine

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Flashing a giant mouthful of fake gold teeth that he received as a present, Julien (an almost indescribable Ewen Bremner, better known as "Spud" from Trainspotting) aimlessly and shamelessly wanders the depressing streets of his hometown of Queens in his own little schizophrenic world of make-believe, childish song, and unanswered questions.

See and REALLY EXPERIENCE Julien taking a bath, all the while singing and mumbling uncoherently to himself, watch him go to work in Queens as an aide for blind students, see him put on a bra and underwear and wrestle his brother, watch his family go to church, listen and watch him talk to his dead mother on the phone, and finally, watch the breakdown of his damaged & disinegrated pysche as the unthinkable happens to Julien.

The film jumps from one weird scene to the next, all in somewhat of a jumble. It is like you are inside of Julien's own schizophrenic mind as times and at others you are just a silent and invisible onlooker.

Julien lives in a low to middle class & HIGHLY dysfunctional family with his pregnant, tutu wearing sister, Pearl (Chloe Sevigny), his wanna-be wrestler brother Chris (Evan Neumann), his oblivious to it all, crazy, dog loving grandmother (Joyce Korine, the director's true to life grandmother), and above all, the patriarch of the family... Chris, Julien and Pearl's sadistic, drunken, cough syrup swilling, gas-mask-wearing father(a fabulous Werner Herzog).

The story of Julien is based on director Harmony Korine's ("Gummo" & screenwriter of "Kids") own schizophrenic uncle and the location where the movie was shot is the actual house that his uncle grew up in.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More twisted genius from Harmony Special K-orine June 23, 2001
Extraordinary second film from Harmony Korine. A portrait of a disfunctional American Family, with career performances from Ewen Bremner as the schizophrenic Julien, Chloe Sevigny as his heavily pregnant sister Pearl, and legendary German director as his overbearing and eccentric father. If you liked "Gummo", Korine's first film, you will assuredly love this film. However, if you despised Gummo for its lack of plot and linear narrative, I still would not necessarily advise you to steer clear. Although the style is again disconnected and fragmented, this time the events that unfold have a markedly more cohesive feel than in Korine's debut. Ewen Bremner is startlingly good as Julien - check his rambling psychobabble as he walks through the city, confusing passers by with lines such as the memorable and hilarious "Excuse me, is my family tree this tree, or that tree?" (Korine used hidden cameras for many scenes, in order to capture genuine reactions from unsuspecting interlopers and therefore, as Korine explains in the "making of.." documentary which supplements the film on the dvd version, "capture something real"). Werner Herzog is equally good as his father - you often feel that it is no wonder that Julien is so messed up, considering the way his dad treats him (and indeed the rest of the family) Chloe Sevigny also shines - this time as Julien's sister, who provides Julien with a mother figure (and a lot more besides!!!), the mother of the family having passed away many years ago. A genuinely original, affecting and at times frankly hilarious movie, you really should not miss it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trippy as all hell! July 5, 2010
I like to think that I am a very open minded person and like to spread my wings and watch all sorts of movie's. Indie, art house, silent, foreign, old school hollywood, it doesn't matter. As matter of fact I'm usually not a big fan of alot of films coming out these days. I'm also not one of those people who fall under the "I don't get it crowd" either. But after watching this movie I've got to say WTF! Maybe if I was high I might have understood it better but my day job prevents me from that luxury. Don't get me wrong I actually watched it all the way through without pause(many films I've paused for break or completely stopped watching because they sucked)which means it held me with some interest. Let's just say it was unique, albino rappers, blind bowling/iceskating, trash can wrestling, incest(let me know if I'm wrong on that one), a crossdressing wrestler and last but not least dead bay kidnapping. Weird, weird, weird.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Julien Donkey Boy April 18, 2001
By Brana
Although not for everyone, JDB is a true masterpiece in every sense of the word. If the highest goal of art and cinema is to realistically portray human life and emotion, as imperfect and ugly as it can get most of the time, then this movie succeeds on every level. You're literally brought into the mind of a young schizophrenic and his world, and watching this movie is a lot of work like films should be. Who wants to know what line is coming next like in 95% of Hollywood shlock? At the end of it all, you feel like you've just run a marathon although you've never left your couch, an like all of Korine's films, you're left feeling dirty and used. This is good! Emotionally, you can't help but be drawn into this world and feel the insanity and it is very unsettling. Visually, the grainy DV film and hand held camera work all add to the overall emotion and the editing and cinematogrophy are suberb! Really cutting edge stuff from a destructionist standpoint, where polished dialogue, posh sets and Hollywood extravagence are thrown out the window for reality. I've seen many films in my days and this one is groundbreaking in my view and sets the bar higher for other avante-garde filmakers. You owe in to yourself as a member of the human race to check this movie out.
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Published 12 days ago by George King
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Ever Plot-Free, Vignette-Loaded Movies
This is a powerful movie revealing the full suite of deep feelings, intelligence and insight possessed by those with mental illness. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ben J Korgen
1.0 out of 5 stars I dont know man
Normally I like this guy's movies. But this one was really awful. Slow, all over the place, acting was bad and it went nowhere.
Published 4 months ago by Elena DiMeo
4.0 out of 5 stars Dogma?
This is a good example of a project changing it's mind in the middle of its creation for the sake of art. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alexander C. Schmidt
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird Movie
The price was good but I personally didn't care for the quality of the filming made it hard to watch.And I didn't like the movie that much either. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CJRR
5.0 out of 5 stars another great classic film
Julien donkey-boy is another great art film by harmony korine I respect him so much as a filmmaker because his films capture such a realistic beauty about life and the actors seem... Read more
Published 8 months ago by marcus
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like squinting, you'll love this.
I don't mind scenes out of focus, but an entire movie?! Seriously? My money would have been better spent on a second copy of Gummo. Ric Bauer Kissimmee FL
Published 9 months ago by Richard Bauer
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie was amazing.
I was told I was going to need '4 showers' after I watched it...totally didn't need '4 showers'.... just needed 2...
Published 17 months ago by Melissa Rose Benavides
5.0 out of 5 stars Julien was awesome!
I saw Gummo and Kids and I loved those films. When I saw Julien Donkey-Boy, I was actually surprised. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Olive55
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