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  •  READER COMMENTS

    Reader comments on Twentynine Palms

    Subject: The Brown Bunny meets Homer Simpson
    Date: Mar 22, 2004
    Sender: VladPrevious | Next

    This film is either staggeringly bad, or it's some kind of neo-existentialist masterpiece. Take your pick. But, having time to reflect, I think it may be a little of both. Throughout the first hour and 40 minutes or so, I was reminded of Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny. Not that I've seen it, but from what I've read of that film, it at least sounds somewhat similar to Twentynine Palms -- in that nothing really happens for the most part. The one difference, of course, would be the finale of each film. Homer Simpson clearly wrote the ending to Twentynine Palms (see "The Simpsons" episode with Mel Gibson or see A.O. Scott's review of "The Passion of the Christ" in the NY Times if you're lost -- I won't give it away).

    But in all seriousness, Twentynine Palms is a film that bosses its way into your psyche and works even better than Irreversible as a work of nouveau shock cinema. The only problem is that had the climax not been written by Homer Simpson, there wouldn't be much there, as Bruno Dumont is obstinate in his refusal to flesh out any concrete ideas or insights about his characters. That, I'm sure, was intentional. But the big question is whether that is audaciously meritorious, or absurdly meretricious.

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    Comment index:

  • 29 Palms   from daniel stefik, Mar 20, 2004
  • » The Brown Bunny meets Homer Simpson «   from Vlad, Mar 22, 2004
  • twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Joshua, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 17, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Dan Stefik, Jun 12, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from cristiana, Apr 24, 2005
  • Another Dumont masterpiece   from pieter, Aug 25, 2004
  • Re: Another Dumont masterpiece   from manish, Feb 24, 2008
  • Hey!!!!!   from , Feb 10, 2005
  • Thanks for ruining it for me!   from Gorn, Apr 26, 2005
  • Re: Thanks for ruining it for me!   from jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • point personality   from Liam Shepherd, Aug 13, 2005
  • Re: point personality   from Ian MacDonald, Feb 22, 2006
  • Re: point personality   from Dan, Mar 19, 2006
  • [no subject]   from , Jan 14, 2007
  • This movie suxxx   from conroexlexx, Jan 31, 2007
  • Re: This movie suxxx big time   from France is Getting Dumber and D, Mar 21, 2008
  • Twentynine Palms   from tristan, Mar 30, 2007
  • wax and bilingual movies   from Felix, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: wax and bilingual movies   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Pathetic movie   from Disgusted, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Karina, Feb 3, 2008
  • 29 Palms is a dumb French movie   from Carmen, Feb 29, 2008
  • "Palm" de terrible?   from Urdhr, Feb 29, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from eve, Mar 27, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from , Jul 8, 2008
  • Self-indulgent Crap   from PK, Jan 3, 2009
  • Re: Self-indulgent Crap   from Scott, Nov 5, 2010
  • 29 Palms   from daniel stefik, Mar 20, 2004
  • » The Brown Bunny meets Homer Simpson «   from Vlad, Mar 22, 2004
  • twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Joshua, May 7, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Bruce Talbert, May 17, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from Dan Stefik, Jun 12, 2004
  • Re: twentynine palms   from cristiana, Apr 24, 2005
  • Another Dumont masterpiece   from pieter, Aug 25, 2004
  • Re: Another Dumont masterpiece   from manish, Feb 24, 2008
  • Hey!!!!!   from , Feb 10, 2005
  • Thanks for ruining it for me!   from Gorn, Apr 26, 2005
  • Re: Thanks for ruining it for me!   from jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • point personality   from Liam Shepherd, Aug 13, 2005
  • Re: point personality   from Ian MacDonald, Feb 22, 2006
  • Re: point personality   from Dan, Mar 19, 2006
  • [no subject]   from , Jan 14, 2007
  • This movie suxxx   from conroexlexx, Jan 31, 2007
  • Re: This movie suxxx big time   from France is Getting Dumber and D, Mar 21, 2008
  • Twentynine Palms   from tristan, Mar 30, 2007
  • wax and bilingual movies   from Felix, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: wax and bilingual movies   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Pathetic movie   from Disgusted, Jun 6, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Jerm, Jun 19, 2007
  • Re: Pathetic movie   from Karina, Feb 3, 2008
  • 29 Palms is a dumb French movie   from Carmen, Feb 29, 2008
  • "Palm" de terrible?   from Urdhr, Feb 29, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from eve, Mar 27, 2008
  • Re: [no subject]   from , Jul 8, 2008
  • Self-indulgent Crap   from PK, Jan 3, 2009
  • Re: Self-indulgent Crap   from Scott, Nov 5, 2010