Julien Donkey-Boy ★★★★½

Korine takes the same faux documentary, brazenly authentic approach he used on Gummo and narrows the focus to a single dysfunctional family, specifically one schizophrenic man in his second feature. Complete with the same aggressively pervasive ugliness, Julien Donkey-Boy has a bit more of a structured narrative to it, but the obligatory Korine vignettes like an albino African American rapping and a cigarette swallowing magician are also present to create and foster the overwhelmingly uncomfortable tone that makes the dramatic beats ridiculously powerful. Slower paced and framed more minimalistically than Gummo, Julien alternates between awkwardly inserted still image montages among other artistic flourishes and lingering relentlessly on dramatic scenes until they're actively uncomfortable... Very, very few films have ever elicited as much emotion from me as Julien Donkey-Boy does. Korine also introduces a good deal of religious commentary here that wasn't present in Gummo, which works incredibly well in the context of the character study

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