Gummo

Gummo ★★★★

An incredibly authentic and filthy look at the lives of the some people who are just trying to get by, despite their conditions.
Even for a debut, Korine's unique approach to filmaking is still quite strong. Like his later films, it has a documentary-esque feel and takes it's time to focus on the setting, characters, and itself. This though feels much more aimless, albeit it's not necessarily a bad thing.

And I absolutely love the way this film is shot.
And it's not the compositions or framing, it's more just in the environment, and the people in the frame. These houses that are used in the film, some are cluttered with trash, there's shit everywhere. But it's exactly that which draws me in. I've always been fascinated with rural America, and old photos from decades ago. This is essentially a time capsule. Korine did a marvelous job capturing this small Ohio town.

It may be nasty, but it's just a way of livin'.

I surprisingly wanted it to be longer, but nevertheless I'm quite happy with it.


"His dad never gave a crap. Not even at the end of his game. It was scary to see him despondent like that. His dad didn't care for mom much either, or the little doggy. He started going to church, and he started listening to the gospels. It was expected when he robbed the neighbors. He took their wine, and he took some rings, and fine jewelry. I think he got a fur coat as well. When he had a kid, he didn't think to watch his ways. He thought the same as his daddy."

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