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Unvarnished look at teenage sexuality

CLIP - by Maja Milos

The Ministry of Culture of Russia refused to show the film "Clip" in their country because, as stated, uncensored profanity, scenes with the use of drugs, alcohol and "material of pornographic nature". On the other side, at Rotterdam film festival, "Clip" won one of three major awards.

Teen sex is a frequently treated subject in the cinema, having yielded innumerable films that range from the sensitive to the exploitative. With her debut feature, Serbian director Maja Miloš has gone the route of rawness, taking an explicit and unsparing look at the self-destructive sexual antics of a group of youths living in a suburb of Belgrade.

Sixteen-year-old Jasna (Isidora Simijonović, who was actually fourteen at the time the film was shot) is part of a rowdy crowd of girls engaged in a perpetual pursuit of drugs, kicks, and cheap sex. Incessantly recording and replaying their exhibitionistic antics on their smart phones (if you didn't shoot it, you didn't do it!), Jasna and her friends turn their digital debasement into a form of validation; their recorded images seem to have a more tangible reality than their actual moment-to-moment existence. Perpetually blurring the line between self-realization and self-degradation,it's little wonder that Jasna regards the abusive behaviour of her new beau, eighteen-year-old drug dealer Djole (Vukasin Jasnić), as the start of a meaningful relationship.

It's only after Jasna pays a visit to an orphanage, where she encounters a child who might not have long to live — painfully echoing the plight of her father, who is deteriorating from an untreatable form of cancer — that her long-dulled emotions start to resurface. She is prompted to make a tearful confession, but this display of feeling so discomforts and embarrasses Djole that he redoubles his sadistic assault on her body, mind and spirit.

A succès de scandale at the Rotterdam film festival, Clip understandably ignited controversy with its unvarnished look at teenage sexuality. But Miloš is not simply a provocateur: she spent years researching and casting the film, talking frankly with teenagers about their own experiences and feelings, and it is this sympathetic insider's perspective that gives Clip its powerful charge. This is not simply a lament for wasted youth, but an intimate account of how sex can become the only form of communication for young people whose situation has denied them a true voice, and the difficulty and pain they face when they try to articulate their feelings with the heart.

Source: tiff.net



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