50 Indie Movies You Need to See Before You Die

Gummo (1997)

Director: Harmony Korine
Stars: Max Perlich, Linda Manz, Chloe Sevigny, Jacob Reynolds

Two years after giving Larry Clark the screenplay for Kids (also included here), Harmony Korine directed his first feature. Gummo, set in Xenia, Ohio, is a grotesque parade of Americana: a breast tumor is discovered during backseat necking; roaches scuttle from behind picture frames in living rooms; two teens hunt and kill cats; a man pimps his sister, who has Down's.

There's little connecting the vignettes, nothing more than a warped idea of America. But you can't forget what Korine shows you. —RS

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