I notice that often times films directed by Gallo are mostly absurd but also fascinating. They’re extra-ordinarily different from others, artsy, just like his Buffalo 66. Here Gallo obtained a predicate of both good actor and director. As for the case with “The Brown Bunny”, the most boring film I’ve ever seen except for that thing with Sevigny. This film is simple, as simple as life, or as complex as life depending how you look. I think in the simplest things, there is more than apparent complexity. Bud Clay (Gallo) is a motorcycle racer, a loner who fulfills each day feeling empty, trying hard to forget Daisy, his past girlfriend. His loneliness is uniquely described in this film with long silence in most of the scenes, the near absence of script, the use of sporadic music that reminds us a little of our joys and our doubts and our sorrows and our solitude, silence and nothing much we played music in life, there is witty dialogue with people all the time and people are generally apathetic or ignorant or just not interested in our problems. In this sense, Gallo’s filming style fits reality.
The Brown Bunny is once again a very unique film. A film that hardly speaks. A film in which most of the scenes are seen through the windshield of a truck. There is not anything more to see. What can you tell? What can you conclude from watching this absurdity? Is it fun, or is it depressing? It’s the dark side of the technological age. In this sense, the fact that a man (or woman) unknown approaching a lone service area to kiss a stranger is one of the most beautiful and sentimental moments in American cinema today. It is more a wish than a reality. This is even worsened as Gallo seemed to dedicate nothingness and emptiness in his film. It is as if he wanted to really literally visualized the emptiness that Bud experienced daily. No splendid scenery, no greens and modern buildings, only deserts and dusty places but once again, it’s Vincent Gallo and his brilliance. As for the final scene, which I will avoid giving spoilers, reveal everything you want to know. One more thing, some of you might consider every visual in the film as symbolic while some other may think of it as pure visual.