Following its small release in the immediately post-9/11 autumn of 2011, the wildly ambitious Donnie Darko disappeared quickly from theaters. Shortly thereafter, Richard Kelly’s apocalyptic yet wryly political sci-fi-comedy, set in 1980s suburbia, began reappearing as a midnight movie in smaller independent theaters, and a cult classic was born. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a heavily medicated teenager in psychotherapy whose dramatic sleepwalking episodes may contain premonitions that affect the lives of various people in his small town. With visual fluidity and intricate narrative invention, Kelly (Southland Tales) created an unnerving, supremely entertaining portrait of millennial angst that both embraces and pokes fun at the New Age mythos that defined the end of the 20th century. Print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.
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