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Venice Review: Larry Clark’s ‘The Smell Of Us’ Featuring Michael Pitt... And Larry Clark

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • September 1, 2014 2:29 PM
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The Smell Of Us
A prime example of what we’ve just now dubbed “le cinema du entre-jambes,” or “crotch cinema,” Larry Clark’s “The Smell of Us” is a film so horrible it manages to significantly outdo the repulsiveness of its title. Having waded through Clark’s entire back catalogue some time ago (the things we do for Film Criticism), we were semi-apologists for his last movie, “Marfa Girl,” in which amid the sine qua non teen sex we thought we detected the green shoots of a more narrative-based direction, as well as some coherent characterization. “The Smell of Us” however, jettisons any good will we may have had for the filmmaker in its portrait of disaffected youth (what else?) in Paris. This film revels in mindlessly repetitive and 100%, no-question-about-it exploitative, sequences of pretty young men engaging in various sexual activities. But that’s not to say Clark has nothing new up his crusty sleeve — this time out he appears on camera alongside the objects of his lurid attention. Thus we have achieved an event horizon of skeeziness.

Larry Clark Says The Remake Of 'Mona Lisa' Is Dead, But A ‘Marfa Girl’ Trilogy Is In The Cards

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 13, 2012 3:45 PM
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For a filmmaker, being lost in the woods of development or financing is never fun. We always lament the absence of a filmmaker who’s spent far too much time away from the game trying to get a labor-of-love project off the ground (you can see examples of such features here, here and here); the purgatory must be a frustrating type of hell.

'Kids' Director Larry Clark Returns With 'The Smell Of Us' And 'Marfa Girl'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 22, 2012 10:00 AM
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Looks like American enfant terrible Larry Clark is finally stepping up to the plate after a long absence. Independent French cinema group mk2 recently sat down with documentary producers Gérard Lacroix and Pierre-Paul Puljiz, and the two revealed they would be involved in the new project from the often-controversial filmmaker behind "Kids," entitled "The Smell Of Us." Puljiz, who centered doc "Larry Clark, Great American Rebel" on the director, met with Lacroix after he expressed desire in adapting Clark's novel "Tulsa."

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