BUFFALO 66: DVD
Billy Brown (Vincent Gallo) is released from jail just outside Buffalo City one cold winter morning, after five years inside. Bedraggled and broke, he find his way to a ballet school and bumps into one of the students, Lyla (Christina Ricci). Billy effectively kidnaps Layla in order for her to pretend to his parents Janet (Anjelica Huston) and Jimmy (Ben Gazzara) that he has a wife. From this unusual, faked relationship, Layla builds a real one. Then, Billy comes face to face with the footballer who missed the vital goal in 66, who turns out to be the operator of a strip club. This is the man Billy wants to kill.
Review by Louise Keller:
Vincent Gallo's Buffalo 66 is an intriguing, quirky film with highly original elements. There's a sadness and despair about all the characters and as we embark on Billy's journey of nostalgia, duty, revenge and redemption, we become fascinated by him. He's a dishevelled-looking character that looks as though he is in need of a good scrub. Christina Ricci is wonderful as the accosted stand-in wife, whose instruction to "make Billy look good" seems to spark in her a verve for living.
We fall a little in love with her - hers is the only character who is genuinely being emotionally unselfish, and giving of herself. ... Ben Gazzara and Anjelica Huston are both extraordinary as the despicable parents, whose reality is as distant from the truth as the extremes of weather. The way they cope with their shocking past behaviour is to pretend it never happened. These experienced thesps are a joy to watch - you will long remember Gazzara's 'Daddy loves you' manner, and that tragic pathos when asked to sing.
But all the characters deliver surprises, while quirky humour seeps through every step of the way. The tragic elements are counteracted by the bizarre, the unexpected and the comic. Kevin Corrigan as Goon (a far cry from his role in Bandwagon) will make your heart ache with compassion. Buffalo 66 is striking, exciting cinema showcasing Gallo as a filmmaker, writer and actor to be reckoned with - goddam, he even composed the music! The film describes only too well the paradox and struggle of the underdog/victim, yet retains all the humour and hope that propels us into a stimulating journey of innovative filmmaking.
Published January 5, 2006
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BUFFALO 66: DVD (R)
CAST: Vincent Gallo, Christina Ricci, Anjelica Huston, Ben Gazzara, Kevin Corrigan, Mickey Rourke, Rosanna Arquette, Jan-Michael Vincent
DIRECTOR: Vincent Gallo
SCRIPT: Vincent Gallo, Alison Bagnall (original story by Gallo)
RUNNING TIME: 112 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Sony Pictures
DVD RELEASE: December 6, 2006