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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #113. Larry Clark’s The Smell Of Us

The Smell Of Us

Director: Larry Clark
Writer: Mathieu Landais
Producers: Morgane Production’s Gérard Lacroix, Polyesters’ Pierre-Paul Puljiz
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Michael Pitt, Alex Martin, Lucas Ionesco

Larry Clark is back again, and quite quickly, since his last film was 2012’s Marfa Girl. The often controversial filmmaker turns his sights to skateboarders, which automatically puts us in mind of Gus Van Sant’s Paranoid Park. A cast led by Michael Pitt lends to the intrigue, as well as the presence of Lucas Ionesco, son of Eva Ionesco and grandson of Irina Ionesco, an infamous family in France (and Eva Ionesco directed a 2011 film called My Little Princess starring Isabelle Huppert, which documented her childhood as a nude model for her mother’s photographs).

Gist: Follows a group of self-destructive skateboarders in Paris.

Release Date: Clark’s last film, 2012’s Marfa Girl won top honors at the Rome Film Fest, but was distributed online via his website. We assume he’ll be going the same route here after the film receives a premiere at a film fest.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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