Harmony Korine

  • Harmony Korine – Mister Lonely (2007)

    Harmony Korine2001-2010ArthouseDramaUnited Kingdom

    In Paris, a young American who works as a Michael Jackson lookalike meets Marilyn Monroe, who invites him to her commune in Scotland, where she lives with Charlie Chaplin and her daughter, Shirley Temple.Read More »

  • Harmony Korine – Spring Breakers [+commentary] (2012)

    Drama2011-2020ArthouseHarmony KorineUSA

    Spring Breakers, in many regards is not unlike The Great Gatsby. Both deal the downfall of characters due to the disillusioned perception of the American Dream. In Spring Breakers, the characters believe they will find their true selves on spring break. Like many kids in today’s world, the ideal life is a life of carefree fun and parties without any of the repercussions that occur as a result.Read More »

  • Harmony Korine – The Beach Bum (2019)

    2011-2020ComedyHarmony KorineUSA

    A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules.Read More »

  • Harmony Korine – Trash Humpers (2009)

    2001-2010ExperimentalHarmony KorineHorrorQueer Cinema(s)USA


    A film unearthed from the buried landscape of the American nightmare, TRASH HUMPERS follows a small group of elderly Peeping Toms through the shadows and margins of an unfamiliar world. Crudely documented by the participants themselves, we follow the debased and shocking actions of a group of true sociopaths the likes of which have never been seen before.Read More »

  • Harmony Korine – Gummo [+extras] (1997)

    1991-2000CultDramaHarmony KorineUSA


    Lonely residents of a tornado-stricken Ohio town wander the deserted landscape trying to fulfill their boring, nihilistic lives.Read More »

  • Harmony Korine – Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)

    1991-2000ArthouseDogma FilmsDramaHarmony KorineUSA



    O, mio babbino caro plays as a woman skates gracefully. In contrast, little is graceful and daddy is not dear in Julien’s world. His father listens to blues wearing a gas mask; dad prods, lectures, and derides Julien as well as Julien’s brother and pregnant sister, while grandma attends to her dog. Julien is different, schizophrenic. He wears gold teeth. He bowls, sings, worships, and chats with a group of young adults with disabilities. His sister’s child is probably his own. He talks on the phone, imagining it’s his mother, who died in childbirth years before. He may be a murderer of children. From his point of view (perhaps), the film follows this odd family for a few weeks.Read More »

  • Harmony Korine – Gummo (1997)

    1991-2000CultDramaHarmony KorineQueer Cinema(s)USA



    In this elliptical ensemble piece, which marks the directorial debut of indie bad boy Harmony Korine, the teens of tornado-scarred Xenia, OH, kill cats, tape their boobies, arm-wrestle, bathe, cross-dress, huff glue, avoid perverts, pay to have sex with retarded girls, lift makeshift dumbbells to the strains of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” fight, cuss, shave their eyebrows, undergo cancer treatment, euthanize senior citizens, and pee on passing cars. A hallucinatory barrage of images and scenarios with little in the way of traditional plot, Gummo has been variously described as a surrealist joke, a visual poem, and a worm’s-eye view of white-trash suffering. The main characters include Solomon (Jacob Reynolds), who sells cat carcasses to a middleman who procures them for use at a local Chinese restaurant; his mother (Linda Manz), who teaches him to tap dance while reminiscing about her dead husband; Tummler (Nick Sutton), a mullet-haired local sex symbol; a midget (Bryant L. Crenshaw); a pair of boy-crazy, bleach-blond sisters named Dot (Chloe Sevigny) and Helen (Carisa Bara); a slut with a lump in her breast (Lara Tosh); a group of drunken louts; and Bunny Boy (Jacob Sewell), who wanders the town enigmatically in a pair of long pink ears. In between scenes of these characters enacting their bizarre routines, Korine intersperses impressionistic and quasi-documentary scenes with voice-over narration that ranges from incest memoirs to arty dialogue along the lines of “He’s got what it takes to be a legend: He’s got a marvelous persona.” Shot just outside Nashville, TN, Gummo includes costume designs by Korine’s then-girlfriend, Chloe Sevigny, who also plays Dot and who previously starred in the Korine-scipted, Larry Clark-directed Kids. Jacob Reynolds would go on to appear in Getting to Know You, though few of the director’s other discoveries have appeared on film since.___by Brian J. DillardRead More »

  • Harmony Korine – Spring Breakers (2012)

    2011-2020ArthouseDramaHarmony KorineUSA


    Brit, Candy, Cotty, and Faith have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.
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