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In his second directorial effort, writer/director Harmony Korine embraces the hyper-realist aesthetic of Lars Von Trier's Dogma 95 film movement, which mandates handheld photography using only available lighting, among other restrictions. As in the controversial Gummo (1997), Korine abandons traditional narrative for a series of vignettes about bizarre characters, in this case centered on Julien (Ewen Bremner), a schizophrenic who works in a school for the blind. Julien lives at home with his pregnant sister Pearl (Chloe Sevigny); his brother Chris (Evan Neumann), who wrestles in his spare time; and their violent father (Werner Herzog), who slaps his children around, hoses them down with water, and offers to pay Chris ten dollars to dress up in his late mother's clothes and dance. Eventually Julien escapes from his home and interacts with people on the street (some of whom, reportedly, were not professional actors and had no idea that Bremmer was an actor playing a scene). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 7, 1999

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Anthony Dod Mantle Best Cinematography 1999 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Harmony Korine Best Director 1999 Nominee

Cast

Ewen Bremner
as Julien
Chloë Sevigny
as Pearl
Werner Herzog
as Father
Evan Neumann
as Chris
Joyce Korine
as Grandma
Chrissy Kobylak
as Chrissy
Alvin Law
as Neighbor
Will Oldham
as uncredited

Crew

Harmony Korine
Director
Scott Macaulay
Producer
Robin O'Hara
Producer
Cary Woods
Producer
Harmony Korine
Screenwriter
Anthony Dod Mantle
Cinematographer
Valdís Óskarsdóttir
Editor
Brian Miksis
Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Rutkowski
Camera Operator
Kerry Barden
Casting
Lori Eastside
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Tom Efinger
Re-Recording Mixer
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator
Tevin Adelman
Production Assistant
Melissa Lintinger
Production Accountant
Jim Czarnecki
Line Producer
Kathy Ciric
Location Manager
Elisa Deutsch
Production Assistant
Jeff Ward
Stunts Coordinator
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