Gummo

Gummo ★★★★½

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It honestly confuses me that a lot of people label this as some kind of weird-out, dadaist odyssey. A few gags felt like ploys for uniqueness, but overall, everything that happened in this just felt like...normal pastimes for people in the aftermath of devastation...but in any case — "weird" or realistic — it all amounts to rapport in the end. It reminds me of Curran Hatleberg’s photography from earlier this decade: even the most dour situations have some sort of positive dual nature. Most of these images had to be moving for them to work. The tornado footage at the end is incredibly striking too. Is it something to come or just a memory? Feels so apocalyptic but also furtively sentimental.

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