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Brown Bunny, The (2003)

Original Title : The Brown Bunny
Director : Vincent Gallo
Writer : Vincent Gallo
Genre : Drama
Adult
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Vincent Gallo
Music : Jeff Alexander
Ted Curson
Jackson C. Frank
Gordon Lightfoot
Photography : Vincent Gallo
Distributor : Frenetic Films
IMDB ID : 0330099
Official site : http://www.brownbunny.net/
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Starring

Vincent Gallo Bud Clay
Chloë Sevigny Daisy
Cheryl Tiegs Lilly
Elizabeth Blake Rose
Anna Vareschi Violet
Mary Morasky Mrs. Lemon
 

Plot

It's the story of one man's tragic loss of the love of his life. He is Bud Clay. And he races motorcycles. He rides in the 250cc Formula II class of road racing. Round and round he goes, repeating laps over and over until the race is over. The story begins with Bud racing in New Hampshire. Bud's next race is in California in five Days. And so his journey begins across America. And everyday Bud is haunted by the same memories of the last time he saw his true love. Bud will do anything to make those memories disappear. And every day he tries to find a new love. Making outrageous requests of women to come with him on his trip and then leaving them behind after they've agreed. He can't replace Daisy, the only girl he's ever loved and the only girl he will ever love. But every day he tries.
 

Comments

`Brown Bunny' isn't a sprightly film, but its languid pace and unusual confidence in itself as an example of independent creativity is something to see, sometimes even more interesting than the film itself.., 6 August 2004 Author: the unemployed critic The Brown Bunny Bud Clay (Vincent Gallo) is a motorcycle racer driving cross-country back home to Los Angeles. During this long road trip, thoughts of his ex-girlfriend, Daisy (Chloe Sevigny), flood his mind, consuming him as he reaches out for affection at every stop on his journey. Slowly traveling through town after town, Bud's mind grows more and more weary, until a lone encounter with Daisy in a bleak hotel room presents itself as a moment for Bud to make peace. `The Brown Bunny' has such a sordid history, I don't even know where to begin. Written, edited, photographed, scored, and starring Vincent Gallo (who also created the modern comedic classic `Buffalo 66'), `Brown Bunny' is the type of personal artistic assault that could either be considered a stroke of genius or a bubbling pit of narcissism that swallows any life force that comes near it. Notoriously trashed at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival (Roger Ebert called it the worst film ever shown at the fest), `Brown Bunny' is finally seeing the light of day in America. Would you believe it's actually quite good?`Bunny' isn't a film for everybody, made apparent right away with Gallo's protracted road trip sequences, in which minutes slowly roll by as the audience merely watches Bud's POV of the various streets and interstates in his travels, or long static shots of Bud thinking. The film follows the aesthetic of Gus Van Sant's last few pictures, `Gerry' and `Elephant,' which also favored long takes of, well, nothing happening to make a larger point. But unlike the Van Sant pictures, Gallo's film is bursting with emotional significance, which is palpable throughout the picture, but only clearly understood in the finale. `Brown Bunny' isn't a sprightly film, but its languid pace and unusual confidence in itself as an example of independent creativity is something to see, sometimes even more interesting than the film itself. The most infamous scene in `Brown Bunny' is a third act sequence where Daisy meets Bud in a hotel room and, in a fit of desire and apology, performs oral sex on him as they work through their problems. The sex act isn't simulated, and represents again that fine line Gallo walks along between ego and pathos. The moment already sticks out like a sore thumb because it doesn't resemble anything else in the movie, but it provides shock value that jolts the movie alive, and, for deeper consideration, a moment of intimacy where no intimacy is preferred between the former lovers. What's really missing from `Brown Bunny' is Gallo's rich and quirky sense of humor, which was so colorfully displayed in `Buffalo 66.' `Bunny' is a serious piece on the ravages of grief and the denials of the mind, and should be viewed under that microscope alone. It certainly has all the elements of a gaudy ego-trip, but Gallo is after something more profound. It might feel like a million years to get to the destination, but the journey, along with the chance to view a rare individual cinematic accomplishment, is worth the trouble. ---- 8/10
 
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