Gummo ★★★★½

Harmony Korine's directorial debut is strange to say the least. Borderline narrativeless, Gummo loosely follows two boys and a few other odd characters as they live their lives in a tornado-ravaged country town. With random vignettes of other townsfolk often played by non-actors interspersed throughout, Gummo works shockingly well as a character study of an entire town. The deeply unsettling atmosphere, documentary-style structure and Korine's poetic, darkly comedic approach results in a wholly unique, incredibly powerful experience that will likely stay with me for a long, long time. It's one of the few films where literally anything could happen, and it wouldn't surprise you. It's a gloomy, ugly masterpiece.

Dov liked this review