Opens Fri Sept There are many kinds of blowjobs--masterful, merciful, hostile, desperate, obsequious, loving, et al. The one featured in Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny is the most troubling kind, especially when you consider that the film doesn't truly begin until the already notorious onscreen fellatio occurs, only to end about five minutes after it has finished. As a scene, the blowjob isn't shocking, but it is difficult to watch--and not simply because of the intimacy on display, or the weirdly disjunctive familiarity of the actors. The film's color palette is already so dull and subdued, so porn-textured, that a motel-room suck hardly feels unlikely.
The former downtown it girl and Sassy magazine intern rose to wider fame thanks to 's Kids, picked up an Oscar nomination in for Boys Don't Cry, gained status as a queen of indie cinema, and then took a part in 's Brown Bunny. The film required her to perform "unsimulated" fellatio on director, costar, and former boyfriend Vincent Gallo and the world absolutely lost it. Before the film's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, there were false reports that her then-representatives at William Morris Agency dropped her. The agency still represents her.
The film was entered into the Cannes Film Festival. A war of words then erupted between Gallo and film critic Roger Ebert , with Ebert writing that The Brown Bunny was the worst film in the history of Cannes, and Gallo retorting by calling Ebert a "fat pig with the physique of a slave trader. In response, Ebert quipped that watching a video of his colonoscopy had been more entertaining than watching The Brown Bunny. He also conceded to finding Ebert's colonoscopy comment to be an amusing comeback. In a column published about the same time, Ebert reported that he and Gallo had made peace.