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15/10/2015 : FILMFEST GHENT 2015 - Larry Clark: The Smell Of Us

FILMFEST GHENT 2015

Larry Clark: The Smell Of Us

Movie
Coming Of Age

[75/100]   

Filmfest Gent
15/10/2015, Didier BECU

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The now 72-year-old punk of American cinema (Larry Clark) has it hard nowadays. Because of his controversial movies (Kids, Bully or Ken Park) he was maligned by everyone in America, and so the filmmaker went to France to direct a new movie.

Despite his age, Clark threw himself again on the life of riotous teenagers who only worry about sex and drugs. And yes, just like in his controversial classics, there is a lot of sex in The Smell Of Us too and many scenes will make the moralists crazy. Clark plays the role of a pervert who sucks the toes of a teenage boy. Well, anyone who thought that Clark would show the beautiful side of the skaters of Le Dome, is wrong.

If you wanted to accuse Clark of something, then certainly of the fact that he did it before, and maybe a tad better (but nobody expected him ever to do better than with Kids). However, it remains incredible that an old man can come up with such a confrontational film. Because yes, you can fill pages about scenes that might make parents disconcerting, but maybe they better watch The Smell Of Us, as once again Clark exposes the inner soul of today's youth.

Didier BECU
15/10/2015


NL

De ondertussen 72-jarige punker van de Amerikaanse cinema (Larry Clark) heeft het tegenwoordig hard te verduren. Omdat zijn pittige prenten (Kids, Ken Park en Bully) zowat door heel Amerika werden verguisd, zocht de filmmaker zijn heil in Frankrijk om daar een nieuwe film op te nemen.

Ondanks zijn hoge leeftijd kon Clark het wederom niet laten en hij stortte zich voluit op het leven van losbandige tieners die zich alleen maar druk maken om seks en drugs. En jawel, net zoals in zijn spraakmakende klassiekers wordt er ook in The Smell Of Us heel wat afgeneukt en bezit de film massa’s scènes die ongetwijfeld vele moraalridders in de gordijnen zullen jagen. Clark zelf speelt de rol van een hoerenloper die de tenen van een tienerjongen afzuigt. Tja, wie dacht dat Clark het mooiste van de skaters van Le Dome zou laten zien, die is eraan voor de moeite.

Als je Clark van iets kan beschuldigen dan is dat het feit dat hij het al eens eerder heeft gedaan, en misschien een tikkeltje beter (maar niemand die verwacht dat hij ooit beter zou doen dan met Kids). Wel blijft het ongelooflijk dat een hoogbejaarde man nog met zo’n confronterende film op de proppen komt. Want ja, je kan pagina’s vullen over scènes die ouders kunnen verontrusten, maar misschien kijken die maar beter naar The Smell Of Us. Clark legt immers nog maar eens de ziel van de hedendaagse jeugd bloot.

Didier BECU
15/10/2015


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