Director: Richard Kelly
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Cast: Jake Gyllenhall, Jenna Malone, Mary McDonnell, Daveigh Chase and Patrick Swayze
Box Office: $727,883 (Per IMBD.com as of Oct 3rd, 2004)
Trivia: During conversations about sex with his therapist, the script had Donnie’s fantasies be about Alyssa Milano. This had to be changed to Christina Applegate due to legal reasons.
Dr. Lillian Thurman: Do you feel alone right now?
Donnie: Oh, I dunno. I mean I’d like to believe I’m not but I just… I’ve just never seen any proof so I… I just don’t debate it anymore, you know? It’s like I could spend my whole life debating it over and over again, weighing the pros and cons and in the end I still wouldn’t have any proof so I just… I just don’t debate it anymore. It’s absurd.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: The search for God is absurd?
Donnie: It is if everyone dies alone.
Dr. Lilian Thurman: Does that scare you?
Donnie: I don’t want to be alone!
Donnie: Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
Kitty Farmar: Not only am I a teacher, but I am also the mother of a Middlesex child. Therefore, I am the only person here who transcends the parent-teacher bridge.
I can honestly say this must be one of the best movies I have ever seen. Amazing, profound, thought provoking movie. Few friends of mine mentioned to me to watch this cult movie. But somehow for some odd reasons, I never rented out this movie. Damn – I was completely blown away.
I’m not even going to talk about the plot here – this movie just needs to be watched. The director actually managed to make Drew Barrymore act in this one – something I didn’t think was physically possible. If he got her to actually work for once, you can just imagine how the the rest of the cast performed.
This is one of those movies that causes an instant thoughtstorm start brewing under your skull. I still can’t shake it off. Was the tangent universe real or only a figment of Donnie’s imagination – a side effect of his mental illness? Does it really matter? What is reality anyway?
We all assume that reality is the objective state of truth. We establish reality by comparing and contrasting our own subjective perceptions, against those of other individuals around you. You take what you perceive to be true, and what other’s do and take a simple set intersection operation. Whatever you get is the objective truth. The rest are subjective distortions, dreams, hallucinations, and illusions.
But there is a problem here. What if my brain is not working correctly? What if the individuals whose views I use to generate my definition of objective reality are only figments of my imagination? The only way I can even try to establish what is real, is by process of subjective, and biased observation. Everything that I ever knew, saw or experienced may have been a dream. How do I know it wasn’t if I haven’t woken up yet?
Do you really exist as a separate entity? Or do you only exist with respect to me? This is the dilemma of the Demirug. Am I a lonely architect of my own personal universe that lives and dies with me? We are truly tragic beings, yearning to connect with each other but destined to exist in solitude. As Granny Death said in the movie: every living thing dies alone…