Trash Humpers

Film Review by Gail Tolley | 14 Jul 2010
  • Trash Humpers
Film title: Trash Humpers
Director: Harmony Korine
Starring: Paul Brooker, Dave Cloud, Chris Crofton, Charles Ezell
Release date: 18 June 2010
Certificate: 18

Trash Humpers, as the title suggests, is a film about people who have sex with rubbish. Three disfigured characters squeal, squark, sing and jeer as they perform strange acts in the discarded spaces of a suburban American town. In one scene they whoop with delight as they destroy a collection of abandoned televisions, in another they cycle with dolls attached by rope to the back of their bicycles, dragging the figures through the mud. There is also a murder and of course several scenes of wheelie bin love. Provocateur Harmony Korine, filming on VHS, paints a strange portrait of America. This is ‘anti’ cinema: anti-aesthetics, anti-narrative and crucially anti-morality. Mostly it is just repulsive but occasionally it’s beguiling, and at these points it feels like Korine is getting at something, showing us exactly what we don't want to see: something that challenges concepts of society, humanity and the boundaries of what we deem watchable.

Trash Humpers is showing at the GFT, Glasgow on the 14 and 15 July 2010.

http://trashhumpers.com/