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The Smell of Us

Larry Clark
France 2014 / 87’

Larry Clark made his directorial debut in 1995 with the film Kids, based on a controversial screenplay written byHarmony Korine. The film painted a radical and scandalous portrait of that era's young generation. Two decades after Kids' release, Clark is back with the same idea. This time, some kids from Paris take the place of teens from New York. They are supposed to be even more promiscuous and unpredictable, befitting the scions of the 21st century, while at the same time more spiritual and hopelessly romantic. In The Smell of Us, the director of Ken Park makes yet another attempt to observe young people, to discover something about their behavior and customs. He again assumes the role of voyeur and of an expert on eccentric and extreme behavior. He accompanies his characters, appearing in their lives like a useless old man. He tries to discover and understand the modern world of smartphones, social media, and YouTube. At the same time, he aims to immortalize whatever it is that might be considered shocking today.

Joanna Ostrowska

Larry Clark

Was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1943). Son of Frances Clark (baby photographer) and Lewis Clark. Graduated from Central High school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Studied under Walter Sheffer and Gerard Bakker. Film debut was the movie Kids (1995). He was already well known for his revolutionary photographic body of work, including the books Tulsa (1971), Teenage Lust (1982), and Perfect Childhood (1992).

Selected filmography

1995 Dzieciaki / Kids

2001 Zabić drania / Bully

2002 Ken Park

2012 Marfa Girl

2015 The Smell of Us

Cast & Crew

director Larry Clark
screenplay Mathieu Landais (as SCRIBE), Larry Clark
cinematography Hélène Louvart
editing Marion Monnier
music Howard Paar
cast Lukas Ionesco, Diane Rouxel, Hugo Behar-Thinières, Théo Cholbie, Maxime Terrin
producer Gerard Lacroix, Pierre-Paul Puljiz, Christophe Mazodier
production Polaris Film Production & Finance, Morgane Production, Polyester, Wild Bunch
sales Wild Bunch
language French, English, Japanese
colouration colour