Director: Harmony Korine
Harmony Korine, one of my now favorite directors, is on a mission. That mission is and has always been to make films that no one has seen before. To give the gift of original cinema, that always has layers of commentary shrouded in obscurity.
Mister Lonely has become one my favorite films, that I am sure I will watch many times over, and I can easily say that Harmony is comparable to Fassbinder, Bergman, Truffaut & Fellini because of his ingenuity , originality and passion for the craft of filmmaking.
The film’s plot involves an American Michael Jackson impersonator living in Paris, he stumbles upon a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and is eventually led to a commune of impersonators where he takes up residence in order to perform ,”the greatest show on earth”.
Mister lonely is absolutely mesmerizing, the cinematography, long slow moving shots, beautiful soundtrack and fantastic character development along with a bizarre yet eerily familiar plot will have you screeching with laughter, oohing and ahhing at its sheer beauty and magnificence then shedding a solemn tear for the sad truth of individual existence.
Harmony manages to achieve what so many filmmakers aspire to in an ingenious and original fashion. He evokes a million senses throughout the film and to be honest I was so exhausted at the end of the film it actually drained me for the rest of the day.
I highly recommend viewing this film in fact it’s a mandatory experience for film lovers especially but the average cinema goer will adore it as well so step right on up for ,”the greatest show on earth”,
10 out of 10.
References: IMDB, Google Images, You Tube.
- Mister Lonely (2007) (ericvanderford.wordpress.com)