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"Marfa Girl" was filmed in 2012 but is only now reaching theaters, and as we've seen with the recent "Serena" and so many other delayed releases, that's almost never a good thing.
Clark's sympathy for his subjects is more evident than ever.
It's refreshing to see a film set amid the daily life of an impoverished, rural immigrant community. It's a shame the only aspect of the social world that is explored is the sexual exploits of a few teens.
Clark clearly has a visual eye, and some of the compositions in his films are breathtaking, but unless his predilections float your boat, his movies are endurance tests.
For all its meanderings and indulgences - verbal and visual - this free-form snapshot of a circle of townsfolk in tiny Marfa, Texas, proves a sneakily immersive, weirdly memorable affair.
The scandal of Mr. Clark's more recent movies, including "Wassup Rockers" and "Ken Park" and this new one, resides more in its tedium and lack of insight than its strenuously provocative content.
Sure, Drake Burnette's Marfa Girl looks real. But like the rest of the film, she doesn't feel real.
When not taking timeouts for gratuitous sex, Clark's characters drone on about sex. This being the case, whatever he has to say about life on the Texas border or about the treatment of undocumented immigrants feels both inconsequential and insincere.
More free-floating than haphazard, Clark arrays scenes of a Texas teen (bright-eyed ephebe Adam Mediano) skateboarding through drugs and sex and seemingly random run-ins in the titular West Texas small town on the occasion of his sixteenth birthday.
Clark seems content to make a film just like all the ones that came before, but lacking in the brutal dark comedy that redeemed superior earlier efforts like Bully.
The film finds the actors' performance deficiencies functioning less as signs of authentic teenage behavior than as an incompetent carrier of plot.
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