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The Brown Bunny

2.8 out of 5 stars 160 customer reviews

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The Brown Bunny is both a love story and a haunting portrait of a lost soul unable to forget his past. After finishing a motorcycle race in New Hampshire, Bud Clay (Vincent Gallo) loads his racing bike into the back of his van and begins a cross-country odyssey to Los Angeles, where he is to compete in another race. During his trip, he meets three very different women: Violet, a wholesome all-American gas station attendant; Lilly (Cheryl Tiegs), a fellow lost soul he connects with at a highway rest stop; and Rose, a Las Vegas prostitute. Throughout his journey, Bud can never escape his intense feelings for the love of his life, Daisy (Chloë Sevigny), so he plans to reconcile with her when he reaches Los Angeles. Arriving in Los Angeles, Bud checks into a motel before visiting the abandoned home he once shared with Daisy. He leaves a note, hoping she will turn up at his motel room . . .Building to a notorious climax, the film presents one of the frankest portrayals of male sexuality ever seen in American cinema.

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Blake (II), Mary Morasky, Chloë Sevigny, Cheryl Tiegs, Anna Vareschi
  • Directors: Vincent Gallo
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009VRHLK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,710 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Brown Bunny" on IMDb

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Since this movie is known most for the controversy, I am going to start and finish with it to reflect people's habit of starting and ending their impressions of something with a scene out of context. It wasn't porn, and my argument for that comes completely from the context... what happens directly before and after that moment. Basically, people have been angry at Gallo for being self-involved in this movie, especially that scene, but during that scene the self-involvement is literally the point. It's masturbatory, but the key is that it drains him, just like masturbation. One thing the DVD box says about it is that it's one of the "frankest portrayals of male sexuality on film" and so let's be frank here.

His sexual confusion is part of his grief, and part of grief is the habit of trying to deny it actually happened. So when he starts acting dominant during that scene with what's happening, it's his subconscious trying to throw a sort of male sexual dominance over something he doesn't understand and hasn't allowed himself to accept. But when it drains him, he's forced to admit that he doesn't only grieve for her but hates her for forcing him into that grief, and from there comes probably one of the best conversations (or inner dialog) I've seen in film in a long time.

But does it necessarily need to be "shown" rather than implied?

Well yes. Because the character's focus is so involved on it, it literally is all his mind is allowing him to care about in that moment. Basic rule of a close-up: if the camera focuses on something like that, then the director is trying to point something out. If it's porn, it's meant to arouse... but this scene isn't arousing, especially because of its context.
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Bud is sad. The motor-cycle racer played by Vincent Gallo is carrying some sort of grief. We know this because he spends a lot of time driving his van cross country and looking unhappy. He conveys this unhappiness much of the time by rubbing his face in a way that demonstrates world-weariness. Do we know WHY he's sad? Nope, although we suspect pretty strongly it has to do with a girlfriend named Daisy.

If you want to see a movie about a sad you go. We see the sad man put gas in his van. We see him purchase a cola at a roadside rest-stop...putting in about 8 coins. We get to see him drink a bit of it. We get to see him take his motorcycle out of his van and ride in on the salt flats in Utah. We even get to see him use a urinal and at one point...take a shower!! The whole shower we get to experience...and it includes a LOT of face rubbing and pausing to look contemplative.

My favorite scene involves Bud stopping at a little house in California. He goes to the door and knocks on it. He waits. Knocks again. Waits. Looks in the window. Waits. The scene takes (no exaggeration) at least two minutes. It tells us Bud can wait long past the time most of us would have given up. That's how sad he is.

Finally, near the end, Bud checks in to a hotel and we're led to understand that he may be visited by Daisy. Sure enough, she shows up and they have some dialogue (which is very exciting, because up until now we've had five minutes of dialogue stretched across 70 minutes of film). The dialogue allows us to learn some things about their relationship, and then we are able to see them kiss a lot and then Daisy (Chloe Sevigny) explicitly performs a sex act on Bud. It is graphic and not faked.
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Race race race. Kiss kiss kiss. Drive drive drive. Kiss kiss kiss. Drive drive drive. "Wanna date?" "Wanna date?" "Wanna date?" Drive drive drive. Blow blow blow. Drive. The End.
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This movie is hard for me to review. One of the hardest films I've ever written a review for in fact. I didn't notice Vincent Gallo until this film came out and I heard about the big Chloe Sevigny oral sex scene. I was intrigued and wanted to see this movie for a long time. Then I stumbled upon the movie 'Buffalo 66' and thought it showcased a talented filmmaker (Gallo)

and someone with enormous potential. Buffalo 66 was a movie shrouded with mystery and left you questions. It showed you a story and gave no explanation for it. So when I finally bought 'The Brown Bunny' I knew it was going to be weird. Hell, this is the movie that Roger Ebert called the worst film in the history of the Cannes Film Festival. Although he later recanted this when Gallo re-edited the movie. Well, here is 'The Brown Bunny'. Written, Produced, Directed, Edited, and Shot by Vincent Gallo. Yes, he's even the Director of Photography. This movie is odd. It's unlike anything, even 'Buffalo 66'. All the shots in the movie are way too closeup or too far away or too grainy. But that's the look of the movie, so It's OK. That's the way the movie needed to look. Then there's the storyline. This film is 92 minutes long with very little dialouge. It's almost as if someone put a camera in someone's van and just let it film them as they drove across the country. Except, there's no radio in their van. There's nothing. This movie really is dull and seemingly uninspired; but that's what Gallo wants it to be. It's not a just a movie showing us a lonely guy...It wants us to feel his loneliness. Gallo plays Bud Clay, whom we meet as he competes in a motorcycle race which he loses. He gets in his van, with the bike in the back and drives. He stops at a gas station and meets an attendant named Violet.
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