Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Directed by Rolf de Heer

Starring Nicholas Hope

Ok back to the Austrailian theme, gotta warn ya, this is weird one.  Rolf de Heer spins a crazy yarn about a schizophrenic shut-in shot by multiple camera operators to convey the disparity in the main character’s perspective.  At times it is hilarious, at others, disturbing and poignant, but nonetheless, entertaining and original.

The film starts with Bubby trapped in a dingy one room studio with a cat and mother, who acts like a sadistic prison warden.  She refuses to let him leave, abusing him and using him for sex, until his father returns home.  A series of misunderstandings leads to a string of accidental homicides by Bubby via plastic wrap.  With no food and no knowledge of how to survive on his own, Bubby is forced out into a world he’s never experienced before.  Communicating through mimicry, Bubby gets varied reactions, sometimes funny, sometimes hostile.  In the end his antics earn him noteriety as a cult rock star and the love he needs from a busty nurse who reminds him of his mother.

I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s worth viewing because it lives in a genre of its own.  Somewhere between Lynch and Anderson, Bubby is delightfully insane.

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