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    Reader comments on The Brown Bunny

    Subject: Re: Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch.
    Date: Nov 5, 2005
    Sender: Previous | Next

    Male orgasm or Female orgasm?

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    Response to this comment:
    Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch.

    My partner and I made the mistake of renting "The Brown Bunny" without knowing much about it but that it was "a frank portrayal of male sexuality," as the capsule review on its virtual box stated. We then sat through the hour and a half of meditative, surreal road trip making comments to each other like, "Wait, there was actual dialogue, and it wasn't even understandable!" and "Buddy, if you'd wash your hair, you might get laid, and then we'd ALL feel better!"

    However, derisive comments aside, I ended up feeling that this was a movie that I was glad to have seen, however hard it had been to watch. I found the ending terribly poignant. The sheer rawness of it, after the dreamlike, agonizing slowness of the rest of the film, was piercing. Part of what is so frustrating in watching "The Brown Bunny" is the way that we are left to peer desperately into the almost completely obscured glass that is Gallo's character, picking up barely the slightest hints of any life behind his flatness. The ending scene tears off this opaque film, and Buddy's inner life just explodes toward the viewer. The character's grief, rage, and guilt, his history, his previously hidden motivations, all are released in a rush. This film used orgasm as a metaphor more honestly and more powerfully than I've ever seen it done elsewhere, and that alone made it worth seeing.






    Comment index:

  • The sole motivator   from Yves F, Aug 27, 2004
  • Re: The sole motivator   from ahmad talohi, Jan 23, 2006
  • Brown Bunny   from johny, Aug 30, 2004
  • Pretentious and boring.   from Pedrito, Sep 9, 2004
  • BROWN BUNNY   from Claire and Mina, Nov 24, 2004
  • bb   from bcs, Mar 30, 2005
  • Re: bb   from FY, Jun 17, 2005
  • Right On The Mark   from Jimmy, Jul 23, 2005
  • best i`ve ever seen   from sami, Jul 31, 2005
  • Re: best i`ve ever seen   from rere, Dec 2, 2005
  • WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Mat, Aug 7, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from , Sep 26, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from cherie, Oct 3, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Dima, Jun 14, 2006
  • BORRING AND INSIPIDE!!!!   from Carole, Aug 17, 2005
  • the brown bunny   from caetano veloso, Aug 27, 2005
  • Not Good   from Dilan Dundar, Oct 7, 2005
  • zzzzzzzzzzz   from Lexi, Oct 9, 2005
  • Josh is right. Dumb people are wrong.   from Lee from New Orleans, Oct 12, 2005
  • Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch.   from quakergal, Oct 30, 2005
  • » Re: Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch. «   from , Nov 5, 2005
  • Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 19, 2005
  • Re: Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 21, 2005
  • It is what it is   from A Chloe Sevigny Fan, Dec 15, 2005
  • Well...   from Amanda, Jan 29, 2006
  • review The Brown Bunny   from jack, Feb 5, 2006
  • BROWN BUNNY   from PRISCILLA, Feb 22, 2006
  • "Brown Bunny"   from Ray, Apr 6, 2006
  • common error in student fiction   from gabbyhayes, Jul 20, 2006
  • Re: common error in student fiction   from keri marion, Feb 24, 2007
  • Tony from mulberry   from Tony, Oct 4, 2006
  • Gross   from KD Kertson, Apr 3, 2009
  • Gallo on racism   from Patricia, Feb 11, 2010
  • The sole motivator   from Yves F, Aug 27, 2004
  • Re: The sole motivator   from ahmad talohi, Jan 23, 2006
  • Brown Bunny   from johny, Aug 30, 2004
  • Pretentious and boring.   from Pedrito, Sep 9, 2004
  • BROWN BUNNY   from Claire and Mina, Nov 24, 2004
  • bb   from bcs, Mar 30, 2005
  • Re: bb   from FY, Jun 17, 2005
  • Right On The Mark   from Jimmy, Jul 23, 2005
  • best i`ve ever seen   from sami, Jul 31, 2005
  • Re: best i`ve ever seen   from rere, Dec 2, 2005
  • WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Mat, Aug 7, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from , Sep 26, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from cherie, Oct 3, 2005
  • Re: WRONG AGAIN, JOSHUA   from Dima, Jun 14, 2006
  • BORRING AND INSIPIDE!!!!   from Carole, Aug 17, 2005
  • the brown bunny   from caetano veloso, Aug 27, 2005
  • Not Good   from Dilan Dundar, Oct 7, 2005
  • zzzzzzzzzzz   from Lexi, Oct 9, 2005
  • Josh is right. Dumb people are wrong.   from Lee from New Orleans, Oct 12, 2005
  • Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch.   from quakergal, Oct 30, 2005
  • » Re: Poignant, meditative, hard-to-watch. «   from , Nov 5, 2005
  • Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 19, 2005
  • Re: Brown Bunny - Viewers patience & effort required   from Mindful filmgoer, Nov 21, 2005
  • It is what it is   from A Chloe Sevigny Fan, Dec 15, 2005
  • Well...   from Amanda, Jan 29, 2006
  • review The Brown Bunny   from jack, Feb 5, 2006
  • BROWN BUNNY   from PRISCILLA, Feb 22, 2006
  • "Brown Bunny"   from Ray, Apr 6, 2006
  • common error in student fiction   from gabbyhayes, Jul 20, 2006
  • Re: common error in student fiction   from keri marion, Feb 24, 2007
  • Tony from mulberry   from Tony, Oct 4, 2006
  • Gross   from KD Kertson, Apr 3, 2009
  • Gallo on racism   from Patricia, Feb 11, 2010