In this elliptical ensemble piece, which marks the directorial debut of indie bad boy Harmony Korine, the teens of tornado-scarred Xenia, OH, kill cats, tape their boobies, arm-wrestle, bathe, cross-dress, huff glue, avoid perverts, pay to have sex with retarded girls, lift makeshift dumbbells to the strains of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” fight, cuss, shave their eyebrows, undergo cancer treatment, euthanize senior citizens, and pee on passing cars. A hallucinatory barrage of images and scenarios with little in the way of traditional plot, Gummo has been variously described as a surrealist joke, a visual poem, and a worm’s-eye view of white-trash suffering. –amctv
Harmony Korine (born January 4, 1973) is a US film director and writer. He first appeared in the public’s eye as the author of film director Larry Clark’s debut, Kids, a tale of irresponsible teenagers in New York which garnered rave reviews but was literally unable to be seen by the intended audience due to the NC-17 / unrated rating.
Following the success of that Harmony directed and co-produced Gummo, another unique story loosely based around the premise of aspects of life in Xenia, Ohio, post-tornado (although most of it was not filmed there). Harmony cast himself in the film, which features very unusual / disturbing images (bacon on the walls, deaf people arguing, delinquent children) in a bit part as a shy gay teenager. He also had a cameo in Kids as a clubgoer. His sometimes girlfriend, actress Chloë Sevigny (who first appeared in Kids) was perhaps the most well-known star in an otherwise largely non-actors movie.
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This has been one of the greatest films I have ever watched. It has changed my life forever and I truly have fallen in love with Harmony Korine and his pure genius. There will never be a masterpiece like that again, and Korine will never be able to produce anything like it again. This is a one-off masterpiece that took me aback. Thank you Harmony... Thank you.
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Say what you will about Harmony Korine's films, but his posters are something else. If his cinematic output can be criticized as formless
Cinema Scope's new front page - the splash page, you might call it - sports a still from Harmony Korine's Trash Humpers and, inside, in the
I watched ‘Gummo’ sometime ago and remember falling in love with it ! I think it’s a poem which uplifts and depresses at the same time…it’s a poem which reflects the fact that no matter how tightly… read review
Gummo; disturbing, depressing, and sometimes confusing but at the end of it , makes you wonder what is the main difference between what we are as a society and what we think we are. It is definetly… read review