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Donnie Darko


USA 2001, 113 minutes
Dir. Richard Kelly
Genres: Drama / Fantasy, Youth, Independent

Topics: Timewarp.


Aroview: Admired by critics and an ardent fanbase for its originality and eclecticism, this quirky teen fantasy is arguably a slick patchwork of other movie fragments, born from the subconscience of an obsessed movie geek.

Set nostalgically in the 1980s, its vision of a bright yet misunderstood teen misfit hovers between David Lynch’s suburban nightmare and John Hughes’ angst-romanticism, depending on whether or not young Donnie’s taken his medication. Has a sizeable cult following with mainly those of the same generation as its director (b. 1975) lapping up its bold eclecticism, outsider sensibility, 80s Brit-pop soundtrack (remember Tears for Fears?) and loudly applauding its twist ending.

"Director's Cut" version is also available, incorporating 20 minutes of extra footage and 4 new songs.

NZ International Film Festival 2002

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • deleted scenes
  • music clips
  • extra stuff
  • trailers
  • aspect ratio: 16:9

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