GUMMO
1997, Warner Bros. , 89 min, Dir: Harmony Korine

With strains of his nihilistic youth-culture script for Larry Clark’s KIDS, Harmony Korine’s directorial debut moves out of the city to wander the post-apocalyptic fallout of a suburban Midwestern landscape recently ravaged by a tornado. Weaving between the day-to-day lives of various poverty-stricken small-town outcasts, GUMMO’s scattershot structure and varied shooting styles present a collage of American themes on the precipice of an unpredictable new millennium, ultimately yielding a movie that Gus Van Sant called “both bracingly realistic and hauntingly dreamlike.”


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