In southern Florida, a couple of white trash, high school teens lead their reckless lives. Bobby and Marty have known each other forever, but their friendship is a strained and troubled one. Marty serves as both verbal and physical punching-bag for the more handsome and spoiled Bobby. This oppression is the kick-off to a chain of events starting with harmless double-dating but soon deteriorating into humiliation, rape and murder.
Bully is the much debated film based on a novel by Jim Schutze. Said to be a true story, it is about a murder case that took place eight years ago, and where both victims and perpetrators were adolescents. Larry Clark takes the discussion on teenage delinquency to new levels by telling us that this is pretty much what some of today’s youth is all about. –Stockholm International Film Festival
Lawrence Donald “Larry” Clark (born January 19, 1943) is an American film director, photographer, writer and film producer who is best known for the movie Kids and his photography book Tulsa. His most common subject is youth who casually engage in illegal drug use, underage sex and violence, and who are part of a subculture (such as surfing, punk rock or skateboarding).
Clark was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He learned photography at an early age. His mother was an itinerant baby photographer, and Clark himself was enlisted in the family business from the age of 13. In his mid-teens, Clark began injecting amphetamines with his friends in 1959. Always armed with a camera, from 1963 to 1971 Clark produced pictures of his drug-shooting coterie that have been described by critics as “exposing the reality of American suburban life at the fringe and for shattering long-held mythical conventions that drugs and violence were an experience solely indicative of the urban… read more
Amazing but the film was so depressing and the people so terrible that I had to watch Spongebob right after to make myself feel better.
The kind of teenagers depicted in both Larry Clark’s Bully and his previous effort Kids are the kind that make my skin crawl. Idiotic, rebellious deviants that believe everything revolves around them… read review