Gummo

Gummo ★★★★

Films don't get any more bizarre than this. It's twisted, it's morally polluted and it damn sure isn't an easy watch (to many it will be downright reprehensible), but if you can look past the face-value ugliness you will discover a grotesque beauty to Harmony Korine's debut film. The narrative loosely follows several characters simply going about their strange lives in backwoods, white trash Xenia, Ohio. Jacob Reynolds and Nick Sutton plays two boys who pass the time by killing feral cats and causing trouble. Chloë Sevigny plays the oldest of three young girls who also live in the same area, there story line is less focused but ultimately has them searching for their cat. Jacob Sewell plays Bunny Boy, a teenaged boy wearing no shirt and bunny ears who aimlessly wanders around the area as if he life is just one long strange journey. There is no easily defined structure, Korine jumps from situation to situation that are separated by surreal scenes presented in a collage-like form that involve the area's other more memorable inhabitants along with vintage footage of casual racism and sex.

Now, I'm not going to sit here and recommend this film to anyone because more than likely you will be disgusted by it. Nonetheless, if you are open-minded than this just might be a must-see. I found myself simultaneously disgusted and entranced by the experience. If you view it as collection of warped and highly experimental ideas and social perceptions than their are an endlessly supply of hidden pleasures to find. There is a provoking honesty to the way Korine portrays lower-class rural life, and you are ignorant if you say that what is portrayed does not grasp a more warped reality quite authentically. If you aren't open-minded or have trouble appreciating more experimental films or even just don't handle graphic content well, then avoid this at all costs; safe yourself the pain and me the irritation.