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Mister Lonely (2008)

Diego Luna , Samantha Morton , Harmony Korine  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Diego Luna, Samantha Morton, Denis Lavant, James Fox, Werner Herzog
  • Directors: Harmony Korine
  • Writers: Harmony Korine, Avi Korine
  • Producers: Adam Bohling, Agnès B., Ann Carli, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, David Reid
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ifc
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DJ7PQY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mister Lonely" on IMDb

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A Michael Jackson impersonator falls for a beautiful Marilyn Monroe lookalike who suggests he move to a commune of impersonators in the Scottish Highlands. At the seaside castle, Michael discovers everyone preparing for the commune's first-ever gala - Abe

Following an eight-year hiatus, Harmony Korine returns triumphantly with Mister Lonely, a more traditionally structured drama than his previous experiments, Gummo and Julien Donkey Boy. First recognized for writing the Larry Clark film, Kids, Korine ruled the 1990s for expressing disenchanted youth. As his previous films focused on self-destructive characters, Mister Lonely is a departure though it still points to Korine's interest in the carnivalesque. In this far-fetched fairy tale, a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris is invited by a Marilyn Monroe look-alike (Samantha Morton) to join her commune of misfits in a remote Scottish castle. Upon arrival, Michael meets the likes of Charlie Chaplin (Denis Lavant), Abe Lincoln, Madonna, the Queen of England (Anita Pallenberg), and the Pope (James Fox), who is usually drunk. As a dark romance unfolds between Marilyn and Michael, a second narrative involving missionary nuns in Panama unfolds, revealing stunning footage of them jumping out of planes sans parachutes to test faith. Their airplane is piloted by Father Umbrillo, played by Werner Herzog, who at this point could be called Korine's patron saint. The absurdist, comitragic plot challenges the viewer's suspension of disbelief, and is much less reality-based than Korine's previous movies. His filmic experiments work best when the nuns' story intertwine with the impersonators', presenting deep commentary on faith, embodying another person, and escapism. Throughout, rich color and costuming provide a visually provocative experience. As each film of Korine's is unique in structure and approach, Mister Lonely has been long anticipated and will prod fans to guess what Korine has up his sleeve next. --Trinie Dalton

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Don't Die" ~ Fantasy, Reality And The Myths We Live By October 26, 2008
Synopsis: If the famous 20th century existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre were to produce a film the '07 cinematic release `Mister Lonely' would be that film. This is a surreal tale of alienation and disconnectedness as played out by a group of impersonators living in a rural mansion estate in France. Michael Jackson (Diego Luna) is the newest arrival to the commune joining; Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Abe Lincoln, the Pope, the Queen of England, Sammy Davis Jr., Madonna, James Dean, the Three Stooges, Little Red Riding Hood and the diminutive Shirley Temple and Buckwheat. They all live out there celebrity delusions 24/7 and for all intents and purposes have become who they idolize thus losing the ability to re-connect with their true selves.

While living and relating to this community of would-be-celebrities Michael slowly begins to see the folly of it all and contemplates leaving the safe confines of the commune and face the harsh world outside without the guise and pretense of being someone else. The question is whether he is strong enough to put aside his celebrity persona and enter the mainstream unknown and alone.

There is also an intermittent secondary storyline concerning a Catholic Priest and a group of Nuns working in a remote area of Latin America. During a flight in a small plane piloted by the Priest one of the Sisters falls out the open cargo door and somehow survives without injury. She believes God has performed a miracle and convinces the other Sisters to test their faith by jumping out of the plane without a parachute, telling them if they truly believe "God will be your parachute".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Our scene opens with the crooning of Mister Lonely, the classic 1960's tune by Bobby Vinton whilst our young Michael Jackson impersonator glides slowly across the blue sky on a bike with a dangling plush monkey, darting about behind him. Trying to make a living as Michael Jackson(Diego Luna) on the streets of Paris seems to be uneasy, and we see our Michael frustrated although he's quite a ringer. A job booked for him at a senior citizens home gives him some enjoyment as he tells them not to die, and dances his way into meeting a new acquaintance, Marilyn Monroe(Samantha Morton).

Now that he's met Marilyn, there has been new life breathed into him, as she invites him to live along with her and around twenty other impersonators like themselves, in a beautiful castle far from the rest of the world. Though hesitant to leave the comfortability of his room with all the things that have served him well, Michael agrees to move to the commune.

Michael arrives to a warm welcome by his fellow celebrities Charlie Chaplin, Abraham Lincoln, Madonna, James Dean, Sammy Davis Jr., The Pope, The Queen of England, Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Stooges and Buckwheat, although many of them wonder 'why is he here?'

Mister Lonely is surreal, and beautiful with a soundtrack including gorgeous '13 angels standing guard 'round the side of your bed' by A Silver Mt. Zion, and the ethnic 'Mulima Hale' by Salome Nolega & Girls. With images that will re-enter your head for days and weeks after viewing, and a brilliant subplot to reconsider upon.

While watching this film, especially scenes toward the middle involving tense and off-the-wall scenes from the commune I found myself uncomfortable and my attention waning, but in retrospect that is exactly the way it should be.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
There is a certain idiosyncratic appeal to this small 2008 piece of strange whimsy thanks to Harmony Korine's (Gummo) wholly individualistic filmmaking style. Co-written with his brother Avi, he has created an admittedly weird if visually arresting film that opens with a slow-motion shot of a man in a Michael Jackson outfit, complete with white mask, riding a bicycle with a stuffed monkey attached by a wire flying in the tailwind. This is all accompanied by Bobby Vinton's 1964 falsetto-tinged pop hit, which shares the film's title. However, the movie itself is hamstrung by a disjointed narrative, thinly developed characters, and lethargic pacing that makes the film seem much longer than its 112-minute running time. That's too bad because Korine explores the fallacies of identity with a surprising dexterity. It's just that he can't consistently maintain the uniqueness of his story concept beyond the original set-up.

The protagonist is indeed a Michael Jackson impersonator who performs for change on the streets of Paris. Actually a reticent Mexican expatriate who paints faces on eggs to pass the time in his room, he gets excited when asked to entertain at a rest home. There he meets a kindred spirit in a curvaceous Marilyn Monroe impersonator, who promptly invites him to a castle and farm commune in the Scottish Highlands inhabited by a motley crew of fellow celebrity impersonators. We meet Marilyn's husband, a Charlie Chaplin impersonator, and their moppet daughter, who pretends to be Shirley Temple. Surprisingly, just when you expect Korine to take us on a flight of random fancy, the story takes a more predictable turn into a love triangle of sorts and moves slowly toward a downbeat resolution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the director
What a sad funny and great movie. I really loved it
Published 1 month ago by Wyn Guradium Leviosa
4.0 out of 5 stars ddddd
Harmony Korine is my favorite director, so it's normal that this is weird.
Published 2 months ago by Rhett AwesomeGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An amazing movie that deals with dissociation, the ups and downs.
Published 3 months ago by Johnny
5.0 out of 5 stars a true visionary artist
harmony korine is the truest voice in cinema and mister lonely is such a great masterpiece anyone who watches it will be amazed and also left with tears.
Published 8 months ago by marcus
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for everyone - not just Korine fans.
Wonderful movie. If you think Korine's films are too "experimental" for your likings, this film focuses on a more linear-plot, so it is an easier watch than his other... Read more
Published 11 months ago by justin aragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony Korine Directs Diego Luna And Samantha Morton In A Charming,...
A Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) meets and falls in love with a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) during a Paris retirement home performance. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ben J Korgen
1.0 out of 5 stars dont bother
If your interested in wasting some time this movie is for you. The acting and story line were terrible. The movie made me feel like I was suffering from a hang over.
Published 13 months ago by larsonwa9
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Maybe the best Korine's movie, certainly among the more narrative ones. Very good edition, with English subtitles, too bad there are no extra.
Published 21 months ago by Raffaella Giancristofaro
5.0 out of 5 stars Diego Luna
I cnat believe how well this guy plays michael jackson he is wonderful and you can really see the scope of the the characters he can play.
Published 21 months ago by theegyptian goddess
4.0 out of 5 stars ?
I didn't even see the complete movie. I didn't get the chance, but didn't want to me mean and give a bad review. Read more
Published on July 8, 2012 by Esther
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