Histoire(s) du cinéma: Pardo d'onore Manor John Waters
A criminal hides out in a trailer park with her family of degenerates. She is hell-bent on retaining her title of “the filthiest person alive”, and will stop at nothing to humiliate, torture, and ultimately wipe out her competitors.
You would think that four decades of lesser imitators might have blunted this depraved 1972 filth fantasia’s ability to shock and appal. You would be wrong to dispel such misguided thoughts, you need only to sit down with it once again. While Waters’ subversive humor has been wholly co-opted by the mainstream, the hilariously amoral ugliness at the dead center of this film’s universe will never lose its disturbing edge.Christopher Small