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Film / Mister Lonely

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Mister Lonely is a 2007 Independent Drama written and directed by Harmony Korine. A (comparatively) straightforward outing for the notoriously opaque filmmaker, it tells the story of a lonely Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) living in Paris. Confused, adrift, and terrified of death, he happens to meet the acquaintance of a cheery, idealistic Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton), who invites him back to her castle in the Scottish Highlands, where she and a whole clan of celebrity impersonators live in peace and harmony...mostly.

Meanwhile, a priest (played by Korine-regular Werner Herzog) and a handful of Nuns operating in an unnamed Banana Republic discover a peculiarity that just may be Divine Intervention.

Boasting Korine's largest budget yet, and the first of his movies to feature his wife, Rachel Korine, Mister Lonely bears little resemblance to anything else in the Writer-Director's filmography. Where he would go next, however...

This Film Provides Examples of the Following:

  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: As you might expect, Charlie and Marilyn. This causes some tension when Marilyn begins to get attracted to Michael.
  • Unusual Euphemism: To "Do it to" women, Father Umbrillo's term for sex.
  • We All Die Someday: A major theme of the film. At the beginning Michael is performing at a Retirement Home, telling them all that they can live forever if they really believe they can, as if trying to convince himself. Later all the Impersonators react with such horror at the prospect of their entire flock of sheep having to be put down, it's likely it reminds them of their own mortality. And finally, Marilyn's suicide eventually forces Michael to deal with his fear of death head-on, allowing him to overcome it.
  • Wham Shot: As the gang decides to wander out into the night and sing "Cheek to Cheek" together, a light shines in the darkness, revealing Marilyn hanging from a tree.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: The rest of the Impersonators, after Marilyn commits suicide and Michael leaves.
  • You Are Not Alone: The name of the last Title Card, after the Michael Jackson song of the same name. Arguably the other major theme of the film.