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Mister Lonely

Mister Lonely

cast: Diego Luna, Denis Lavant, Samantha Morton

year: 2007

colour: no


director: Harmony Korine

runtime: 111

Michael Jackson (Diego Luna) moonwalks, high kicks and yelps 'yoo-hoos' in the streets of Paris. While he is entertaining pensioners at a nursing home, Marilyn Monroe (Samantha Morton) teeters by, and tells Michael of a haven for look-alikes in the Highlands of Scotland, a commune where Charlie Chaplin, Shirley Temple, the Pope, Queen Elizabeth II and others work together and entertain each other in glorious seclusion, away from the misunderstandings and judgment they face in the outside world. Michael can't resist seeing the place for himself, and follows Marilyn there. Meanwhile, in the jungle, a drunken missionary (Werner Herzog) leads some nuns on a high-flying adventure. Harmony Korine's first feature since julien donkey-boy in 1999 finds him in a playful, enjoyably mischievous mood, capturing a tone as reminiscent of his so-called 'novel', A Crackup at the Race Riots, as it is of his previous films. That's not to say all is sweetness and light in Korine's world, and Mister Lonely does have some darker twists.


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