Dir. Harmony Korine. 1997, 89 mins. 35mm. With Nick Sutton, Jacob Sewell, Lara Tosh.
With an elliptical narrative and a non-professional ensemble cast, Gummo follows two teens in a tornado-ravaged Ohio town sniffing glue, killing cats, having sex, riding dirtbikes, listening to metal, and encountering a procession of quirky, bizarre, and scary people. Named “worst film of the year” in The New York Times, and at the same time spurring Werner Herzog (among others) to label Korine “the future of American cinema,” Gummo was one of the most divisive and memorable indie films of the 1990s.
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