Ken Park focuses on several teenagers and their tormented home lives. Shawn seems to be the most conventional. Tate is brimming with psychotic rage; Claude is habitually harassed by his brutish father and coddled, rather uncomfortably, by his enormously pregnant mother. Peaches looks after her devoutly religious father, but yearns for freedom. They’re all rather tight, or so they claim. But they spend precious little time together and none of them seems to know much about one another’s family lives. This bizarre dichotomy underscores their alienation – the result of suburban ennui, a teenager’s inherent sense of melodrama, and the disturbing nature of their home environments. –IMDb
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
Edward Lachman A.S.C. (born 31 March 1948) is an American cinematographer. Lachman is mostly associated with the American independent film movement, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including Far From Heaven, which earned Lachman an Academy Award nomination) and I’m Not There in 2007 and Steven Soderbergh such as Erin Brockovich (film). His other work include Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985 as well as Robert Altman’s last picture A Prairie Home Companion (film) in 2006. Lachman has also worked on several non-American films, including two documentaries by Wim Wenders (one of which, Lightning Over Water, was shot in the United States) and La Soufrière by Werner Herzog.
In 2002, Lachman co-directed the controversial Ken Park with Larry Clark. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers. —Wikipedia
Teenage ouverture for reckless hedonism as means of therapy for fucked up families; the bigot and the brutish dads, the senile grandparents and as means to deal with the illusion of comfort within marriage and patriarchy. Shawn is ace, gets to score with both mother and daughter. Scenes show a really harsh, direct realism. "All they do is fuck all day long...Just fuck, fuck, fuck, that's all they ever do"
The camera didn't lie its way through any scene using movie magic or anything and because of that, this movie really drove home one of the most honest portrayals of home and suburb relationships. It's a great exploration of families and the kinds of people that have to be in them. I don't know how it could be done better.
Why use a scalpel when a meat cleaver will do?
A heavily underlined rant against the perceived low morals and standards of modern day USA. Although why criticise the already derided – junk TV… read review