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The Smell of Burning Ants

USA, 1994 (MIFF 1995, Experimental)

Director: Jay Rosenblatt

In its studied, graceful and strangely sinister slow motion manipulation of actuality footage, this homage to boyhood cruelty and violence evokes both lean Genet and Eadweard Muybridge. It works as an antidote to most films of childhood reminiscence evoking through found footage, rephotography and the weird juxtaposition of sound and image the sensations and nascent brutality of growing up male.

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