The movie "Mister Lonely" directed by Harmony Korine,
an eccentric 34-year-old US filmmaker seen here in 1999 who got his first break
writing the screenplay for "Kids," is about a group of impersonators living in a
Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin,
Abraham Lincoln, James Dean and Queen Elizabeth II stopped by Cannes Tuesday --
or at least their fictional counterparts did, on the big screen.
The all-star cast featured in one of the oddest movies screening at the film
festival: "Mister Lonely", about a group of impersonators living in a Scottish
Directed by Harmony Korine, an eccentric 34-year-old US filmmaker who got his
first break writing the screenplay for "Kids", the film puts some of the world's
most recognisable faces in jarring environments.
The effect is bizarre -- as when 'Michael', dropping his mouth mask for a
cigarette, speaks to 'Marilyn' in a Paris cafe.
She tells him of the impersonators' commune in the Scottish highlands and
persuades him to join her there -- opening up domestic trouble with her husband,
'Charlie Chaplin', and their daughter 'Shirley Temple'.
If that wasn't enough, Korine splices the storyline with another about flying
nuns -- well, actually nuns that exit planes without a parachute but who survive
the plunge through prayer.
The film screened in the sideline Un Certain Regard section of the festival
to initial laughs at some of the weirder visuals, but eventually met with a
tepid reaction as the story meandered on.
"I put everything I know, as a filmmaker and a person, into this movie,"
Korine told The Hollywood Reporter trade magazine.
"I know my films are not films that everyone enjoys. I think that might be
the case with this movie."