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''Julien Donkey-Boy'' is a 1999 [[LeFilmArtistique Avant-Garde Film]] by Creator/HarmonyKorine. It tells the story of the titular Julien (Ewen Bremner), a Paranoid Schizophrenic man living in New York with his pregnant sister, Pearl (Creator/ChloeSevigny, Korine's girlfriend at the time), his aspiring Wrestler brother, Chris (Evan Neumann), and their [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Robitussin swigging, gas mask wearing, Bluegrass listening to Father]] (German Director Creator/WernerHerzog). [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Also grandma]] (Korine's grandmother, Joyce). [[GrotesqueGallery Supporting characters]] include a no-armed, relentlessly positive Drummer (Alvin Law), a Black Albino straight from Alabama (Victor Varnado), an innocent, near blind girl (Chrissy Kobylak), and a [[{{Signature Scene}} Professional]] [[{{Squick}} Cigarette-Eater]] (Tom Mullica). Lacking a traditional narrative, ''Julien Donkey-Boy'' presents a series of vignettes following these bizarre characters in their daily lives.
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!! This film provides examples of:

* AbusiveParents: {{Zig Zagging|Trope}}. At some points Dad seems eccentric, a bit stern, but loving, other times he's calling Pearl a "Dilettante and a slut," and ''paying Chris $10 to put on his dead mother's dress and dance with him.'' 'Cause he [[IncestIsRelative "Looks the most]] [[{{Squick}} like your mother."]]
* ActionPrologue: Debatable, but Julien's encounter with a young boy and his turtle definitely [[{{Foreshadowing}} gives you some clues]] into the nature of his psyche.
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler: Julien is the father of Pearl's baby. The exact circumstances of how or why this happened are only obliquely referenced in a series of polaroids.]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Dogme 95}}: Dogme #6, the first non European, as well as first American, Dogme film. Creator/LarsVonTrier praised Korine for interpreting the notorious strictures of the Manifesto in a creative way.
** Taking after Dogme and Creator/WernerHerzog's "Minnesota Declaration," Korine [[StartMyOwn made his own]] criterion for making personal, artistic films, [[http://radicalcut.blogspot.com/2010/06/julien-donkey-boy-and-mistakist.html The Mistake-ist Declaration,]] wherein he declared Dogme "Early Mistakeism."
* GodwinsLaw: At one point Julien brandishes a BB gun at a poster of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. "You killed the Jews, you killed the Hippies, you killed all the mothers' titties!"
* GospelRevivalNumber: In one notable scene, [[TearJerker moving Julien to tears.]]
* GrotesqueGallery: ''Film/ElTopo'' ain't got nothin' on ''Julien Donkey Boy.''
* HypocriticalHumor: Dad's dislike of "Artsy-Fartsy" things. Considering he's played by Creator/WernerHerzog, this is likely intentional.
* LeFilmArtistique: [[AuthorAppeal It's Harmony Korine.]] Also UsefulNotes/{{Dogme 95}}.
* MadnessMantra: "THE WIND IS BLIND, THE WIND IS BLIND, THE WIND IS BLIND."
* MoodSwinger: Dad. Considering his daily habits, he's clearly not a stable individual. Julien himself also counts. TruthInTelevision.
* PurityPersonified: Pearl, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal pregnancy]] notwithstanding.
* SignatureStyle: Continues ''Film/{{Gummo}}'s'' practice of interspersing faded polaroids, {{Documentary}} footage, and [[CameraTricks unusually photographed]] vignettes into a non standard Narrative. Adds to it the principles of Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg's Dogme 95 Movement, including extensive hand held camerawork, an eschewing of non-diegetic music, filming in grainy Digital Video, and leaving the director uncredited (Though Korine did include his name in the credits, just not with "Directed By").
* {{Surrealism}}: Yup.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: One interpretation, including Creator/RogerEbert's.
* AWildRapperAppears: "WELL. I'M. A. BLACK ALBINO, STRAIGHT FROM ALABAMA, WAY DOWN SOUTH, AND Y'KNOW THAT I'M. A. BLACK ALBINO, STRAIGHT FROM ALABAMA..."
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