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The Beach Bum

Harmony Korine
Switzerland, UK, France, USA 2019 / 95’
Our Time The Golden Glove

Harmony Korine has outdone himself once again. In a film with a title—The Beach Bum—that says it all, one of the favorites of New Horizon audiences invites viewers to an endless party with Matthew McConaughey. The Hollywood star masterfully plays with his image in the role of Moondog, possibly the greatest stoner in American cinema since The Dude in The Big Lebowski. Never without a Hawaiian shirt, McConaughey plays a hedonist who, with a stubbornness worthy of a better cause, loses himself in a whirlwind of casual sex, drunkenness and drug-fueled insanity. As you might guess, the director blows marijuana smoke in the faces of the self-righteous and doesn’t for a moment think to condemn the protagonist’s behavior. Instead, he looks at Moondog with admiration, seeing in him a truly free man, living life according to his own rules, with no concern for conventions or discipline. As a result, The Beach Bum, though much less cerebral than Korine's earlier films, is both an unashamed and refreshingly provocative work.

Piotr Czerkawski

Harmony Korine

Harmony Korine (born in 1973 in California) never graduated because he wanted to skateboard instead. He debuted in the film industry with his script  Kids (1995), directed by controversial photographer Larry Clark. Korine made his directorial debut two years later with the surreal  Gummo, acclaimed and derided as the worst film ever. Other films include the Dogma ’95-like  Julien Donkey-Boy, nostalgic  Mister Lonely and his most radical work,  Trash Humpers, where a band of degenerates destroy home equipment and copulate with garbage cans. His work is exceptional for its specific humor and small-town settings.

Selected filmography

1997 Gummo

1999 Julien Donkey-Boy

2007 Mister Lonely

2009 Trash Humpers

2012 Czwarty wymiar / The Fourth Dimension (co-dir.)

2012 Spring Breakers

Cast & Crew

director Harmony Korine
screenplay Harmony Korine
cinematography Benoît Debie
editing Douglas Crise
music John Debney
cast Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher
producer Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, John Lesher, Nicolas Lhermitte
production Iconoclast, Anonymous Content, Le Grisbi Productions, SPK Pictures, Vice Films, Riverstone Pictures
sales SPI
language English
colouration colour