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a saturated look at teens in summer, close to the earth ...
on 7 May 2016
Glue is a bit like the Paul Morrissey Trilogy: hand-held cameras, grainy footage, an easy-going style that finds the interest in passing, seemingly inconsequential moments. Lucas and Nacho, aged about 16, don't do a lot, but are alienated from the adult world and often found out on bikes under a green sky, against reddish earth. The look of the film is sharply expressive: these boys on a bus, for instance, the sunlight casting strong, bright shadows on Lucas's face, against the shiny red seat. Going to the city, which we don't really see, they get into sniffing glue, have some kind of sex, having failed to meet up with a girl they like, but they end up having a sexual game with her in a men's toilet at a club later on - what might be regarded as the high point of the film. Not much happens, but it is visually interesting and has a vibe not so far from Easy Rider, but for teens, mining the poetry of their aimless capers. There is no character development, a certain rather vague family strife in Lucas's home, ending with a trip camping, where he and his sister see some flamingoes on a lake that they think are plastic bags until they take off. It's that kind of film - difficult to tell what you're looking at, sometimes, or why, but it all passes with a certain charm - real charm, not cutesy.