I saw this movie for the first time this morning. Holy freaking hell! How did I not hear about this back in 2001, when it came out? I realize I was in the midst of a family crisis, but still.
Anyhow, this is the story of a mentally ill teenager who hears and sees a 6 foot tall bunny rabbit, whose instructions lead him down interesting paths, into time travel and a parallel dimension. I'm going to need to watch it over to refine my thinking about the plot. There is quite a lot to talk about regarding mental illness, loneliness, alienation, manipulation, sacrifice, redemption, destiny, and truth-seeking, and there's a killer satire on pop feel-good self-help programs. Jake Gyllenhaal is excellent as Donnie, and, on the DVD cover, he looks a bit like our gentle reader Craig the Filospher. The direction of the film keeps the viewer off-balance, just like the story itself does, and the movie makes good use of music. Very nicely done.