This is not a great film. Pictures,
lighting, costumes and plot are in no way astounding. Probably not a very big
budget film. Yet in 1995 some started calling it a masterpiece. It was not and
it is not and it will not be. It is at best a manifesto and a testimony. Even
Andy Warhol was better in his Flesh series of films.
An underage kid, out of school
and out of work and still taken care of by his parents is explaining us his
philosophy reduced to a three letter word that he dares call love. He has no
love for anything and anyone. He only has lust for the three letter word he
calls love. It starts with one girl and it ends with another girl while the
first girl is being taken advantage of by another boy while she is out of it
due to some drugs. But in between, since this chap only takes virgins, the
first virgin has been discovered and tested as HIV positive and the second who
was tested negative will be tested positive afterwards, and since another boy
takes advantage of the first girl he will be tested positive too later on. The
lusty and lubricious boy is also an HIV spreader.
And that chap dares say he only
has that three letter word he calls love and if it were taken away from him he
would have nothing at all. And make sure you hear me properly. He only takes
and fancies virgins, and of course only girls. He is deeply anti-gay naturally,
since he is a natural cock though closer to a chicken than to an adult rooster.
But I guess he can cackle all the same.
This vision of these young men
and women all of them underage and all of them cheating one or two or more
years, evolving and indulging in endless promiscuity, in never ending alcoholic
binges and in perpetual drug taking, this vision is sickening but it is true to
the marrow and the bone for a rather important minority of young people who are
not able to find any stability in their own families. So they steal, even from
their mothers, so they brutalize and eventually kill – who cares – those who
stand in their way though the film only shows Chinese and blacks in such
situation of the victims of these hooligans’ thieving and mugging and
These are the dregs of society
and to show them without any kind of depth or humanity is more or less targeting
the good society to show them how bad it could be if these were to be authorized
up even only one rung on the social ladder. They deserve to be at the bottom
and to stay there. Luckily for good society at the time, and still today, these
dregs do not want to go up and they are satisfied with soaking in their own
sweat and other bodily juices.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU