Film Comment Selects 2015: Choice Cuts From Old, New And Around The World

Lead Critic; Brooklyn, New York (@floatingartist)
Film Comment Selects, Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual film series that showcases the best films from all corners of the world selected by folks at Film Comment magazine, marks the arrival of spring for New York cinephiles in an otherwise dreadful February/March movie season.

This year's selections are as diverse as ever; the series blasts off with Mark Hartley's hilarious doc Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (read James Marsh's review here) with some of Cannon's greatest hits as the sidebar selections, includes Larry Clark's Kids part deux, The Smell of Us (skater kids in Paris, this time), a tribute to the late Mike Nichols with a screening of his underrated, underseen The Fortune, Philippe Garrel's rarely screened elegy Un ange passe, a special screening of the original preview cut of Joe Dante's Gremlins (featuring five additional minutes!), as well as many festival favorites, including Tsukamoto Shinya''s remake of Fires on the Plain (read Pierce Conran's review here), Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead's Spring, Nakashima Tetsuya's The World of Kanako (read Kurt Halfyard's review here) and Christian Petzold's new film Phoenix. The series also shed a six-film spotlight on autobiographical Danish auteur Nils Malmros.

I was able to sample the films below from the series lineup. The Film Comment Selects runs from February 20 to March 5. For more information and tickets, please visit FSLC website.

THE SMELL OF US (d. Larry Clark)

It's been 20 years since Larry Clark made Kids. Now in his 70s, Clark hasn't changed his tune one bit. The setting has moved to Paris, and young skaters and hustlers are now armed with iPhones to memorialize their sexual escapades. But everything else is pretty much the same. Even though there is a lot of skin and explicit shots, the impact is far less shocking to anyone in this internet age.

The thin story centers around Mat/Pacman (Lukas Ionesco), a San Sebastian-esque beauty who is 'only gay for cash.' Everyone is in love with him, including his best buddy JP/Babyface and the only visible girl in the group, Marie. There are a lot of flabby, monstrous old men/women lusting for young flesh in this film, including a cameo from Clark himself as a drunk homeless man they call Rockstar (yeah right).

The Smell of Us makes the word 'disaffected' even more tiresome. The kids in the film are not only rebels without a cause but without a brain, emotions and everything else that makes interesting characters. It is too obvious that the only thing left to sell is their youthful bodies. In this day and age, I don't think that cuts it anymore.

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