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Watching Gummo is like listening to fingernails scraping along ablackboard with Mozart playing in the background Gummo is aparadox-fraught visual assault obliterating the rules of conventionalHollywood cinema indeed If you gave a psychopath a camera aproduction crew and 13 million the result might be something similarto Gummo although its quite possible this may have been exactly whathappened Harmony Korine Director of Kids weaves a web of perpetualnihilism dancing over social taboos to craft a bleak grimy depravedfreak-show composed of real people hand-picked from his hometown ofNashville Tennessee The film divided critics receiving both praise andcondemnation for its portrayal of the poor American underclass orwhite trash as they are more affectionately known Johnny Deppdescribed it as one of the most truthful pieces of filmmaking in a longtime while it also attracted controversy for casting people withmental disability in questionable roles httpmoviepastryfileswordpresscom201202gummo-posterjpghttpmoviepastryfileswordpresscom201202gummojpgKorine does with a camera what Picasso did with a brush Gummo is theepitomisation of the Avant Garde in every sense of the world the filmswings uncontrollably on an abstract hinge wildly iterating betweeneach unrelated scene It makes for uncomfortable viewing and isgenuinely more difficult to watch than any of the Saw movies It isdifficult to judge what Korines intention was in the development Gummowas it to showcase a dark side to America that the blind patriotism ofHollywood ignores or perhaps it provided the perfect platform topropagate his personal prejudices by scapegoating a vulnerable sectionof societyThe film is set in Xenia Ohio a town devastated by a tornado leavingnot only widespread property destruction but creating a new almostferal class of human Everything about the movie is filthy anddisturbing the cast the sets and the acts performed on screen Gummocontains perhaps the ugliest cast of any movie hand-picked for theirdeformities it is hinted that inbreeding is perhaps the cause of someof the towns problems
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