An experimental exploration and celebration of the Juggalo subculture in Buffalo, New York. Surreal scenes shot in long and static takes of Juggalos engaged in their favorite activities, first and foremost of which—causing mayhem.
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Existe una yuxtaposición interesante entre estos personajes más raros que la vida y sus alrededores. Retrata la existencia nihilística de estos individuos tal como Korine hizo con su Gummo. No se necesitan palabras ni discursos con imagenes tan expresivas como estas. La forma en que ilumino el cuarto con las botellas rojas de Faygo... soy fan. Everybody jump to the juggalo sound!
If Harmony Korine followed a small population of Juggalos, this is what it would look like. Hilarious, unsettling, and something you can't look away from, this is a great peek into the life of a couple upstate New York juggalos.
Less an exposé and more of an ICP thesis statement: a beautifully paced, wordless (and, thank god, without music) series of short video portraits of clown-faced juggalos in situ, self-medicating with sex, violence, drugs and companionship. An Avedon and Arbus-influenced insider's perspective of post-dada nihilists marooned in a world that is no more or less ludicrous than painting your inner Pagliacci on your face.
I actually lack the cognitive flexibility to even situate my thinking remotely near a realm in which there could be a theoretical person I could posit who would not be in the market for an Ulrich Seidl-style Juggalo movie. And it seems clear to me what you do when you see the opportunity to put the words Buffalo and Juggalo together in the title for something: you take that bull by the goddamned horns.
If you can't walk a mile in someone's shoes, stare at them for at least half an hour. You'll recognize them, at least, as a tribe. You will acknowledge them. Their own mysteries. Their codes, their humanity. Pretty soon, what identified them, made them separate (from you) is no longer what you look to. You observe what makes them whole, their essence. - 2016 Fursonas came to mind, watching it, in a weird connection.
So well-directed! Tight; like a performer who nails it that night. Super consistent - has this clear, distinct tone that lets you into its joke, its world-view; even as the joke is a (good-natured!) fuck you, on behalf of its subjects, all wrapped up in their personalities... My favourite movies love their subjects for all that they are. This does that unabashedly. Much fun. (And, gah! That face tattoo like a champ!)