right off the bat with the larry clark feels. But it's French so obviously it really goes there. Husson's eye for the most disturbing shit without it getting too bleak is great. No glamorization here, just real teenage oblivious to consequences underworld shit happening. Wrecking hard and wreaking havoc.
Mostly annoying but for three things. One cinematography. Two Husson had her mostly nonprofessional cast watch Boogie Nights and Melancholia before they began shooting. Three the final credits where she thanks Philip Seymour Hoffman, Lars von Trier, Werner Herzog, Wong Kar Wai, Gus Van Sant, Andrei Tarkovsky, feminists of the past and present, and men who like strong women. See comments for full quote. 2.5 stars
This film was , to me was very raw and uncut. Its a little predictable by the way the story was going. Although, it shows the aspects of this modern issue, not just going on in the US but all over the world for teenagers. I thought it was a good idea that they showed the consequences of indulging in activities like this. The ending seemed a bit un-ended and left me with some questions. All in all it did a good job in
Global warming hangs over these teens - Husson uses it as a subtle, vague backdrop to this portrait of privileged teens acting out their fantasies as if there's no tomorrow. The acting, script, and directing are all solid, and there's not much that rings false. Because it doesn't conform to accepted morality, it's criticized but there's a lot there beyond just a well-made film.
I wonder if I hadn't read the reviews before watching Bang Gang whether I would have been on the look out for the ample Gus Van Sant references. It resonates with Van Sant's Elephant in terms of the repeated images of the sky and clouds as well as with the focus on a group of high-schoolers. There is also a bit of Gerry in there. This film shows the high-esteem that many young french directors hold for Van Sant.
MTV and musical videoclip culture are undoubtly in the background. Arguably overscored and estheticist. Yet not as banal as one could expect on his political undertones. Plenty of good-looking teenage freedom gestures more or less naively escenographyated, but there is something truly revolutionaire on comunal sex exrperience:
Wow, that escalated quickly. In one word: shallow, shallow, shallow. Well made and good looking but without much purpose. It's not even experimental. Though I do really like Marilyn Lima. She reminded me of Adrienne Shelly and I would like to see her in more stuff.
Acting and cinematography is nice. The reason why the film has been received as a soft-porn can be the director's focus on the orgies. But still, it can be sensed that the director is a woman. Maybe, if the perspective of the director were stronger and more focused, the film would be deeper and more meaningful.
3.5 There are weaknesses to this film (I'm uncomfortable with soft porn of teenagers) but overall I commend the writer/director in capturing how inane group dynamic and behaviour can easily spiral into potentially life-changing trauma without a sensationalist plot.
A bit predictable but still somehow believable. It's not a movie with a strong social message and you might not relate to the at-times-sort-of-posh-kids but the acting is quite good and the "uncensored" sex scenes worked for me. Not a bad movie, if you're looking for something light-hearted and think back to your early teenage years, give this film a try. Would give 3.5 stars if I could.
Solid debut feature from director Eva Husson whose intent here may be murky for some but her power to convey beautiful image is very clear. Those getting hung up on the open sexuality here or thinking its a modern safe sex/abstinence p.s.a are severely missing the point. Husson's film is a universal take on teenage detachment and burgeoning sexuality but in a modern context of forced apathy and impersonal technology.