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ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

USA, 1998 (MIFF 1999, International Panorama)

Director: Larry Clark

Larry Clark's first feature, Kids (1995), was heralded as a realist masterpiece for its powerful veracity. Here, he pulls apart the archetype of the American family, then reconstructs it with the odd bindings of drugs, crime and most everything else deemed 'un-American'. Based on a true story, the film follows teenage runaways Bobbie and his girlfriend Rosie; deeply in love but struggling to get by. Life takes an odd turn when they are embraced by an older couple, Mel (James Woods) and Sid (Melanie Griffith). While deeply concerned about the teenagers. Mel and Sid have their own career to han­dle... as criminals. Everything tracks well for a while, as the 'family' embarks on a low-key crime spree lucked up in a black Cadillac. A bungled heist and shootout, how­ever, turns the outlaw life sour and sorrowful.

Photographer-turned-filmmaker Larry Clark based the film on his seminal photo essay on Midwestern drug and street subculture of the 60s and 70s called Tulsa. While Tulsa was an acknowledged influence for both Taxi Driver (1976) and Drug Store Cowboy (1989), Clark reclaims the inspiration with a film that serves as con­temporary tribute to both. Rivetting from start to finish, Another Day in Paradise opens new territory, bridging the gulf between notions of family and counter-culture.

See also...

WASSUP ROCKERS

USA
After inciting uproar and censorship debate with Ken Park, filmmaker Larry Clark returns with Wassup Rockers, an observational tale about seven Latino skaters on the mean streets of South Central Los… More »

GUMMO

USA, 1997
Harmony Korine, the 23 year old writer of divisive and inflammatory teen smash Kids, has taken the reins himself. Equally as confrontational and disturbing, Gummo has elicited enormous critical and a… More »

LES APACHES

France, 2013
"If Larry Clark went to Corsica and made a film, it might look an awful lot like Apaches ... a sexy adolescent thriller that masks much darker themes than its sunburnt style might suggest." - Variety… More »

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