Review by Steve Rhodes|
1½ stars out of 4
Whereas writer, director and star Vincent Gallo's BUFFALO '66 was merely bad,
his THE BROWN BUNNY is artistically awful. A pretentious and self-serving set
of what looks like home movies, THE BROWN BUNNY's favorite visuals are
out-of-focus sequences shot through a bug-splattered windshield. A much longer
version of the film, screened at the Cannes Film Festival, was reportedly
greeted with a loud chorus of "Boo's!" which I find shocking. I had great
difficulty in staying awake in even the shorter version of this listless movie.
A longer version should have induced such mass slumber than it would be hard
to believe that enough people were awake to produce catcalls.
The film's sparse dialog is all spoken just above a whisper. Gallo plays a
disheveled loner with the manly name of Bud. The women are named after
Gallo, who is also "credited" -- what a misnomer -- with the film's
cinematography and editing, appears to be in love with his body. The favorite
part of his anatomy is the back of his head, which frequently covers the entire
screen in extreme close-ups. We also get long, lingering shots of his ear and
his nose. Less lingering but none-the-less prominent is his male member, which
is shown in a non-simulated sex scene with his costar ChloŽ Sevigny, who plays
Bud's crack-smoking girlfriend, Daisy. Gallo is as well endowed as some porn
stars, but, if you're looking for some cheap thrills, THE BROWN BUNNY will
prove a definite disappointment.
In one of the story's many tedious incidents, Bud pleads like a 5-year-old with
Violet (Anna Vareschi), a convenience store clerk whom he has just met. As she
tries to get him to settle his bill, he implores her in a whisper, "please
(pause) please (pause) please come with me." She will, of course, abandon
everything and leave town with this slobbish stranger. And he will, as you
suspect, treat her badly. The whole movie will treat you badly. Avoid it at
all costs, unless, that is, you are in desperate need of a sleep aid.
THE BROWN BUNNY runs a long 1:32. It is not rated but would be NC-17 for
graphic sex, nudity and hard drug usage and would be acceptable for adults.
Copyright © 2004 Steve Rhodes