Gummo ★★★★

One of the lines in this film that the raspy-voiced narrator utters is, "Life is beautiful." It's an ironic statement, as everything in GUMMO makes a strong case that it is most certainly not. Chronicling the activities of the denizens of a tornado-ravaged Ohio town, we are witnesses to whatever's left of humanity -- and all of it is down-right ugly. Uneasiness radiates from the seeming authenticity of these directionless lives, as disturbing acts of cruelty are enacted by most of the characters. A great film to clear your head of first-world problems; just don't watch if you're a cat person.

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