Wednesday, December 2, 22:00
Tel Aviv Cinematheque
Tickets are available at 03-6060800 ext. 9
Director: Larry Clark
Cast: Lukas Ionesco, Hugo Behar-Thinières
France, 92 minutes, 2014, French with English and Hebrew subtitles
The film was selected as one of the Top 10 Films of 2015 by Cahiers du Cinéma
Nearly 20 years have passed since the release of Kids, the first film by Larry Clark, who has since become one of the most realistic, reliable filmmakers depicting the lives of teenagers in the United States. His Bully, Ken Park, and Wassup Rockers were gritty, gut-punching films, aiming to please neither audience nor the generation they depicted. In his new film, The Smell of Us, Clark pursues his realistic cinematic approach in Paris, as he follows a group of teens who meet behind the Museum of Modern Art, across from the Eiffel Tower. They film themselves skateboarding, loaf about, get high, and hustle. Clark’s films have always had a homoerotic tone to them, yet this is his first film dealing with explicitly LGBT themes and characters.
JP is a young boy who hides his sexual identity and the way he makes money from his parents. He is desperately in love with his best friend and partner in crime, Math. Can Math reciprocate JP’s affection? The Smell of Us is a tough, non-compromising cinematic creation showing the realities of the young, alienated generation growing up in a world constantly documenting its quick thrills and brief satisfactions.
Explicit sexual content; viewing restricted to 18+.