Spring Breakers (2012)

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Harmony Korine‘s latest is a garish mandala of excess energised by rivers of alcohol, violence, drugs and pink bikinis.

Childhood friends Faith (Selena Gomez), Brittany (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens) and Cotty (Rachel Korine) plan to go on spring break in Florida but they realise that they are low on cash. The latter three don a balaclava each and, armed with a water pistol and a sledge hammer, rob a fast food restaurant.  Faith disapproves but she decides to overlook their behaviour and go along with them on vacation.

On the surface Spring Breakers gives the impression that it revels in the same luxuriousness that it portrays. Mr Korine assembles sequences that seem to be taken lock, stock and barrel from infamous college party videos that litter the internet. However, as always (in good films), clues as to what the director is up to, lie in the first five minutes of the film: the juxtaposition of and the intermingling between a sober exterior and a questionable underbelly are what carry the film, and Mr Korine is intelligent enough to ask questions without indulging in facile answers. (Or any answers for that matter.)

With hints of Badlands (1973) in it, this is a must-see.

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