Posted on 12/28/09 03:09 PM
Gummo. What a great film. Twelve years ago twas made. A very good depiction of decay in society. Based at the lower end of society. The village seems full of outcasts who show bleak lives. The recurring sound track is from Slayer. The Slayer track later in the film is given a binary opposite of a christian tune. Although the lives of everybody seem utterly disgusting and unclean, there are moments from all the characters in which they all achieve something. From holding down jobs to smashing up chairs. Winning in arm wrestles or getting the girls. It is also teamed with examples of societies perverts like the scene with the gossip columnist and the strange blond girls family or the prostitute lady to the transvestite boy. The film gives an inside look from the beginning into the lives of everyone. At a guess I would say this to be the original uncut Donnie Darko. The bunnies ears of the boy at the start of the film who spits onto the motorway has been mirrored by Robbie Williams new video. At the end of the film is possibly the reason why Robbie chose this. The boy with the bunny ears gets the girls in the hot bubbly bath. The boys on the bikes, the two real stars of the film have many troubles, despite this they are still likable. The film paints a collage throughout, of society. It would be interesting to see what Sociologists make of this film. One scene in the film really stands out which may be applicable to the electric environment (well more than one really). A scene when the two boys cycle past a pylon station. The Pylons are clustered together behind a mesh fence. The ominous shot of how power is made is fascinating. It made me think is this why all this is happening. Is it the electrical environment that is contributing to all this apocalypse. Is this why the boy's sit around inhaling glue. Is this why so many people have disabilities, is this why everyone are so different. Despite all my silly questions of in-difference there is a lot solidarity in the film. Throughout the film there is also a reoccurring theme of close bonding between neighbors family and friends. If this is the future and these guy's can make fun of life whilst living in such a decaying pit then I'm sure we can to. This is a feel good film, but at the same time is twisted to the hilt. The main short boy with dispraxia has an inquisitive stare and always manages to ask the right questions. The religious women and her sister who sleep in the same bed are strange. She tries to sing hymns to herself, and spends time in the bath room shaving her eye brows of. Likewise at the beginning of the film we see the blond mother educating the kids how to remove hairs from around the nipple. Hang on, I think it was actually how to make the nipples more erect. Who else the missing cats scenario. Strange and the old woman scene raises questions about the right's to end life. The boy's reinforce this message by leaving a cap in the foot of the lady in question. There are so many really amazing moments in this film. Time seems to stand still for minutes and it is the facial expressions on all the characters faces that tells a whole different story to the actual narrative in the film. The narrative seems to build up to more choas but then flattens out with interesting questions about what happiness is. Is it a new wheel on a bike. Is it doing something special to the world or is it reporting on the members of societies lives. This film covers a whole heap of things which I can't really squeeze in here, the acting is at times Big brother ish. And throughout the film I was left wondering are these real people who generally communicate and procreate in this manner. Is it the way it is because the previous generation left a dismal mess for the kids to grow up in. Finally every moment in the film seeks to be art. Whoever made this film created a realistic mess in most of the houses, even outside the places looked a mess and the short black guy who won the arm wrestle led to the kitchen furniture being scrapped. Thanks Bob, great movie I'm sure will be hearing a lot more about this one in the future months. However the glue theme is a bit 80's or 90's so I think it may not go mainstream.