There are some extended Socratian dialogues between kids and cops, cops and cops. It's a film about ideas and loyalties. This movie drags human sexuality through a very filthy gutter. The film's powerhouse scene comes when Adam and her talk about sex beginning when Adam is in the bathtub and continues when the two walk out in public. All things considered, it's what I would expect from the director at this point in his career. Larry Clark certainly had a good time watching their convulsions but this time he doesn't share it with the audience. Less killing, less rape, you know what I mean? James does great work here as a first-time actor, effectively creating an unsettling atmosphere whenever he steps on screen.
Adam is 16 and hangs around with a group of talentless drop out musicians and artists who spend their days drug taking, fornicating and banging instruments. The plot is virtually non existent, the acting is labored and the dialog is almost incoherent. The central characters are a community of Spanish Americans living somewhere in the deep south west who are driven to a point of madness by the mindless tedium of their existence. Of course, as with all Larry Clark films, the cast were all able to shed their clothes and copulate in front of the crew. The only respect I have for him as a director is for the film Bully he directed which is based on a true story.
An early moment, when Adam's mom talks with a friend about loosing pets and reincarnation, really impressed me. By foreign I felt as though I was in Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis, playing the role of Gregor Samsa. James , a lowly, misogynistic border patrol agent who sets his sights on Adam, Adam's mother Mary Farley , along with Inez. Spanking seems to be a fetish with Mr. This flick takes place on borderland.
Another stand-out moment is Adam and the Marfa Girl's discussion about sexism and double standards. I both like the town and have no desire to ever visit it. I like how so called artists like him try to make up for the lack of their talent by shocking the audience with such elements. Performances are convincing all round from mothers to daughters to cops. Always the theme in his flicks are youth skating around and bore themselves a lot. Now granted, I don't believe Larry Clark has done a movie where teenagers don't get naked but really with this one I seriously started to wonder if he did this film for the sole reason of getting off on the nude teens with multiple crotch-shots male and female. Connecting all the story threads is Tom, a border patrol cop with sadomasochistic fantasies, misogynistic tendencies, and an unhealthy obsession with Adam and his mom.
It wasn't until I saw this scene did I recall how much I missed Clark's naturalistic conversations and his characters' curiosity and interest in sex. She's friends with a twenty-something artist, the titular Marfa Girl, a young lady who believes in free love and equality of genders. Give us something better than the sequels and focus grouped rubbish which commercial filmmaking has become and we'll pay for it. The town is as sleepy as can be, often possessing a dreamy quality with its wide open spaces, soft blue skies, and frequently humble, muted colors. It's all just on the edge of getting in trouble as filmmaker but he still does it and was never sentenced or whatsoever. Larry Clark asked his assistant when he was on set to start film this, and seemingly they never found it and had to make up something on the spot. It is a place where all hope is lost and where people turn to spiritual healing for some substitute of courage and intellect.
He is known to use non-actors in his flick. If you are looking to be uplifted or dream of a brighter tomorrow, no Larry Clark film is for you. The title is somewhat misleading. Maybe that's the part I feel the most ambivalent about in Clark's films. The local policeman is a psycho maniac who gets turned on by pain whilst Adam's mother searches for cosmic vibes with pet birds and sound mediums. Dialogue often consists of long monologues, telling some tale of personal woe but with no real context, interspersed with simplistic, pop, cereal-box philosophy. An earlier date with another artist is charmingly awkward.
Yes, your girlfriend in high school betrayed you. Who they hardly give a damn about. On the other hand, William Golding's Lord of the Flies is on the reading list in most English language high schools around the world. As if the film had not turned me off the place, a review of Google Maps and Wikipedia resources suggests that it is a place on Earth that I am highly unlikely to ever find myself. But Larry Clark envisions it as a dark romance of erotic obsession. The script is unbalanced between captivating character study and directionless location piece.
A subplot involves Tom Jeremy St. It isn't until Burnette's mysterious character strikes a conversation with two of Tom's Mexican coworkers, questioning if they feel guilty in any way for arresting their own people. More fascinating is why anyone would want to visit this southern border town. His sweet relationship with his Mom makes him different though. If you are on the fence, please give Larry Clark your support to send a clear signal to both independent film makers and to Hollywood. But here Larry Clark goes a bit further.
The titular character is played by Drake Burnette, a local artist who also looks to have sex with Adam. Though amazing cinematography and mood cover for the lack of narrative and acting force, Clark likes to show off his talent in photography and lets his story suffer for it. His first flick Kids 1995 made in full grunge bloom he let kids under-aged smoke cigarettes. I have not known any of Larry Clark's filmography. All such visible stirrings are this time kept firmly within the lad's boxer shorts.
Their responsibility is to play their role convincingly and that they did. Its honest depiction of teenagers and the degradation of values is something scarcely brought up but brilliantly handled overall, making for an exceptional debut film. It may be even called that in the scene selection - it would make sense. Your wife probably cheated on you at least once or twice too. It's pretty desperate and mundane if you ask me but as long as there is the same audience for it who is interested in that type of stuff, I guess Clark will still be around.