The Brown Bunny Written, directed, edited, produced by, and starring Gallo, The Brown Bunny is a landmark of narcissistic self-loathing. Crossing the country for a reunion with lost… The Brown Bunny Written, directed, edited, produced by, and starring Gallo, The Brown Bunny is a landmark of narcissistic self-loathing. Crossing the country for a reunion with lost…
DVD Review

The Brown Bunny (2005)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; DVD Release Date: Aug 16, 2005; Genre: Drama; With: Vincent Gallo and Chloë Sevigny; Distributor: Wellspring

Written, directed, edited, produced by, and starring Gallo, The Brown Bunny is a landmark of narcissistic self-loathing. Crossing the country for a reunion with lost love Sevigny, Gallo's damaged brooder loves and leaves a succession of needy women (including a severely bedraggled Cheryl Tiegs). The serial misogyny of his masochistic road trip is countered by the extraordinary beauty of the grainy images and Gallo's deep sadness, underscored by a soundtrack that goes heavy on the Gordon Lightfoot (oddly, the fragile soft rock fits Gallo like a vintage polyester shirt). The controversy over Bunny's conclusion turns out to be overblown; its frank sexuality comes as a shock after the movie's melancholic moodiness, but it's the natural climax to Gallo's onanistic odyssey. EXTRAS Nothing but two trailers: A haunting split-screen promo pairs open-road footage with the film's final twist, while another annotates a Gallo close-up with an ''ADULTS ONLY'' come-on and EW's pessimistic prediction ''No one in America will ever see one frame of this film.''

Originally posted Aug 12, 2005 Published in issue #834-835 Aug 19, 2005 Order article reprints
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