Two stories are told parallel to one another without ever explicitly intersecting. The first involves a Michael Jackson impersonator (Diego Luna) who befriends a Marilyn Monroe impersonator (Samantha Morton) on the streets of Paris. She invites him to join a commune of celebrity impersonators, which includes an Abe Lincoln, Buckwheat, Sammy Davis, Jr. and more.
The second story is about a group of missionaries led by a Catholic priest (Werner Herzog) based in the jungle of an unnamed South American country who discover they can leap from airplanes without dying. A common theme in both stories is the power of belief, which compels individuals to create their own realities.
Where the film lacks for cohesive storytelling it makes up for with some truly ravishing cinematic moments. Images of nuns twirling through the sky are unforgettable.
Korine has honed a special eye for capturing magic, and there are more than a few marvelous scenes involving the most bizarre characters played by actors and non-actors alike. Throughout the film, there’s always a sense of fun, even as it touches on the tragic.
At a recent press screening director Korine expounded on the ideas that inspire his work: “If I could express in words what I am thinking, I don’t think I would ever make movies.”
So it is to the god of wordlessness that we thank for this most bizarre and fairly wondrous Mister Lonely.
Mister Lonely releases in select theaters May 9.