After watching his debut, Buffallo '66, I was looking forward to 'The Brown Bunny'.
The first hour or so is utterly bleak. It follows Bud Clay (Gallo) as a motorcycle racer, on a journey to Los Angeles, CA. Along the way we see him interact with various dull women, with no character development or plot to be seen. He is obviously troubled but nothing is explained, I presume this is the point, but does not make me enjoy it any more, just made me want to actually have something to care about. (for more plot go to spoilers section) Mixed into these are what seems about 20 minutes of the film of emotionless driving sequences from the view of passenger seat looking through his grimy windshield. These add nothing to the film and feel like they are there to bulk it up to a decent length for a feature film. These scenes as well as the grainy and odd camera angles seem to be here to turn a very poor film into a `artsy' film. Though I think I may have enjoyed this film as a short film, i.e. <10 mins. The production values were ok, though deeply lacked content. I am a fan of all film types but this is not worth the watch or the small price tag.
After these encounters, he meets his `Daisy' who he longs for. After an explicit oral sex scene, which does nothing for the character or plot, he then speaks properly about his feelings for first time in the whole film. He speaks to daisy who tells him she is dead, though he knows this, and the film ends with a disturbing flashback of his pregnant ex being drugged, raped and eventually dying due to choking on her own vomit. This scene is nothing like the rest of the film and seems to be there to add controversy and to give it its 18 rating, which appeals to some viewers.