Mister Lonely | Chicago Reader

Mister Lonely

112 minutes 2007

After an eight-year break, Harmony Korine returns to feature filmmaking with another story of an outsider community, though in contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this 2007 drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel. Diego Luna is a Michael Jackson impersonator who struts his stuff at old people's homes in Paris until a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) drags him off to a Scottish island inhabited by others of their inclination. The denizens don't seem particularly absorbed with their alter egos (which include Madonna, Charlie Chaplin, James Dean, Abraham Lincoln, Queen Elizabeth, and the Three Stooges), but few of them register strongly as themselves either; as in Korine's other movies, characterization is often just amplified weirdness.

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