07 July 2008

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The Mudge Boy (2003)

The Mudge Boy je film produciran od strane TV kuće Showtime ( Queer As Folk ). Reržirao ga je Michael Burke, na osnovu svog kratkog filma
Fishbelly White iz 1998. godine koji možete pronaću u kolekciji kratkih filmova Boys Life 5.
Duncan Mudge, je tinejdžer koji odrasta radeći na očevoj farmi. Nakon smrti majke njegovo ionako čudno ponašanje postaje još izraženije. Okolina ga naravno ne razumioje i izlaže ga ruglu. Često kao objekat ismijavanja Duncan jedva shvata gdje griješi.
Momci sa okolnih farmi ga pokušavaju prihvatiti kao čudnog ili polu retardiranog tinejdžera kojeg nemogu promijeniti i kao takvog ga i zovu u društvo, najčešće na pijankama u kojima ga zloupotrebljavaju da im donosi i plaća piča.
Duncan potajno oblači majčinu odijeću, priča sam sa sobom i sa sobom stalno vodi svog ljubimca pijetla čiju glavu stavlja u usta. Nemoćni otac pokušava da osposobi za život pri čemu često i sam gubi živce!

Duncan se sprijateljuje sa Perryjem, momkom sa obližnje farme koji ga pokušava razumjeti. Perry primjećuje da se i fizički dopada svom "čudnom drugu" što u njemu izaziva posebne seksualne frustracije....

Kroz ovaj film možemo sagledati dijelić frustracija koje izaziva čudno ponašanje bolesnih ljudi. Strah od nerazumljivog i nepoznatog ljude često natjera na iracionalno ponašanje. Da li smo i mi sebe uhvatili kako bježimo od psihički nestabilnih ljudi ? Dali bi u širokom luku zaobišli čovijeka koji priča sa kokoškom i čiju glavu trpa sebi u usta?
Jeste li se ikad zapitali da li isti strah imaju pojedinci u prisustvu feminiziranih gay likova? Naravno ne treba poistovjećivati psihički bolesne ljude sa gay populacijom, ali pojedini ljudi iz neznanja osjećaju strah od homoseksualaca jednako kao prema duševnim bolesnicima.
Neznanje je naš najveći neprijatelj!




Director: Michael Burke
Writer: Michael Burke (writer)
Genre: Drama



Plot Keywords: Biting Off Chicken's Head / Picnic Table / Underwear / Teenage Girl / Touching Hands
Awards: 1 win & 2 nominations more

Cast


Emile Hirsch ... Duncan Mudge
Tom Guiry ... Perry Foley (as Thomas Guiry)
Richard Jenkins ... Edgar Mudge
Pablo Schreiber ... Brent
Zachary Knighton ... Travis
Ryan Donowho ... Scotty
Meredith Handerhan ... Tonya
Beckie King ... April
Sandra Gartner ... Lydia Mudge
Tara O'Reilly ... Emily Foley
Barbara Lloyd ... Irene Blodgett
Sam Lloyd ... Ray Blodgett
Hannah Franzoni ... Tracey Foley

George Woodard ... Merrit Foley
Munson Hicks ... Minister


Runtime: 94 min
Country: USA
Language: English


The Mudge Boy is a 2003 American movie produced by Showtime. It was directed by Michael Burke and based on his 1998 short film Fishbelly White, featured in the compilation Boys Life 5. On January 17, 2003 it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and in 2003 and 2004 it made the rounds at several gay & lesbian and independent film festivals around the country. The region 1 DVD was released on May 9, 2006.


Duncan Mudge (Emile Hirsch) is a shy and immature small-town mama's boy who spends most of his time on his father's farm with his favorite chicken. When his mother suffers a heart attack and dies, Duncan behaves even more oddly, occasionally adopting her voice and wearing her robe to sleep in.

Most of the kids in Duncan's town don't understand him and make fun of him. His only friend, Perry (Tom Guiry), is Duncan's link to a few friends after Duncan gives them money to buy beer. As Duncan hangs out with his new friends more and more, he discovers an attraction to Perry.
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The Mudge Boy represents some of the finest cinema to come out of Sundance in 2003. The story moves at a leisurely pace but excels in character development and dialogue. Burke revels in his setting- a rural, emotional wasteland painted with eerily quiet, majestic landscapes which idly conflict with the title character's introversion and despair. Emile Hirsch affects a delicately nuanced, charismatic performance as the title character, struggling with the death of his beloved mother. Richard Jenkins demands every speck of attention possible while he's on screen; it's a pure delight to watch this fine actor work. I usually don't pick out smaller performances, but Zachary Knighton as the chief bully's "sidekick," Travis, is superbly threatening and commands the screen, as well. His performance is staggeringly three-dimensional and defies every cliche of "teenage bully" portrayals ever committed to celluloid. There's a big future for this guy. Overall, this film deserves to be seen by anyone who appreciates uncliched, moving drama filled with wonderful performances

Awards

The Mudge Boy was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. It won a Grand Jury Award LA Outfest.

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