Wild Tigers I Have Known

Wild Tigers I Have Known

Wild Tigers I Have Known

  School is the best time – from motion. The pubescent Logan (Malcolm Stumpf) from California has since made quite a different experience. He is the outsider at school, will be ostracized and harassed, ostracized and beaten up. And all this only because his fellow students instinctively feel that Logan is different – alcohol and all the other rites of passage of boys his age do not interest him at all. Much preferred refuge of 13 years playing in wild daydreams, in which women’s dress, lipstick and wild animals an important role. When Logan makes the older Rodeo (Patrick White), as he himself avoids contact with his schoolmates, believes the boy in him to have found the desired mates. The two friends with one another to spend much time in the forest together, where, allegedly, live mountain lion. And then it happens: Logan falls in love with rodeo and tried to approach him when he invents a virtual girl named Leah. Clear that the ploy blows up as rodeo, fueled by telephone with the “girl”, a meeting is short. Even Joey (Max Paradise), formerly Logan’s only friend, his love of trouble with an adult – as well as helping the lists nothing on which he scrupulously adheres, making for a very normal boy a tough and cool guy. And finally there are the tracks presentive mountain lions that continue to show at the school.

For all the weaknesses that we can detect in this debut film perfectly – rarely has a director so precise, imaginative and innovative sexual confusion of puberty and the overwhelming sense of “otherness” as described Cam Archer. That just Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Elephant) has produced this film fits perfectly on closer inspection, yet one can think of Wild Tigers I Have Known also to Larry Clark movies. The film is reminiscent of the best American experimental filmmakers like Kenneth Anger and photographers such as Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman as well as Duane Hanson’s hyper-realistic sculptures of American Durchnschnittsbürgers and evokes an erotically charged atmosphere, as they get otherwise rarely seen in the movies. In general, it is believed here rather caught in a video installation or a bustling work of art than a movie. As a unified whole, the film does not work, always goes over the Cam Archer significantly with his will to sultry symbolism and powerful images, is lost in games and then leaves a mixed impression.

Cable lift the other hand, the question is whether Archer’s penchant for big pose, the exaggeration is not exactly meet the exuberance of adolescence. Interestingly, his work is advised in any case. And it makes you curious about the film, will also follow the Archer’s debut. Perhaps a curbing of his undoubted talent does indeed present a “more” in movie experience.

(Paul Collmar)

Title: Wild Tigers I Have Known Country of production: USA Year of production: 2006 Length: 81 (Min) Rental: Salzgeber

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