KEN PARK is a 2002 drama film written by Harmony Korine , who based it on Larry Clark 's journals and stories. The film was directed by Clark and Ed Lachman . The film is an international co-production of the United States , the Netherlands , and France . The film revolves around the abusive and/or dysfunctional home lives of several teenagers, set in the city of Visalia, California .
* 1 Plot * 2 Cast * 3 Production * 4 Distribution * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links
The opening of the film depicts teenager
Shawn is the most stable of the four main characters. He's polite and caring. Throughout the story, he has an ongoing sexual relationship with his girlfriend's mother, Rhonda. He casually socializes with her family, who are all completely unaware of the affair, including his girlfriend.
Claude fends off physical and emotional abuse from his alcoholic father while trying to take care of his neglectful pregnant mother, who never does anything to defend him. Claude's father detests him for being insufficiently manly. However, after coming home drunk one night, he attempts to perform oral sex on Claude, prompting the boy to run away from home.
Peaches is a girl living alone with her obsessive and overly-religious father, who fixates on her as the embodiment of her deceased mother. When her father catches her and her boyfriend Curtis on her bed about to have sex, he beats the boy and savagely disciplines her, including forcing her to participate in a quasi-incestuous wedding ritual with him.
Tate is an unstable and sadistic adolescent living with his
grandparents, whom he resents and frequently abuses verbally. He is
shown engaging in autoerotic asphyxiation during masturbation. He
eventually kills his grandparents in their bed, in retaliation for his
grandfather "cheating" at
The film cuts frequently between subplots, with no overlap of characters or events until the end. As Tate is arrested for his grandparents' murder, Shawn, Claude, and Peaches meet and have sex as a threesome , while Gary Stewart plays. The ending finally reveals the motive behind Ken Park's suicide: he has impregnated his girlfriend, who responds to his suggestion of an abortion by asking if he wishes he'd been aborted himself. Realizing that he'd rather never have been born, he sets out to the skate park to kill himself.
Tiffany Limos as Peaches
* James Bullard as Shawn
* Stephen Jasso as Claude
James Ransone as Tate
* Adam Chubbuck as Ken Park
Maeve Quinlan as Rhonda
Clark attempted to write the first script for Ken Park, basing it on personal experiences and people with whom he had grown up. Dissatisfied with his own draft, he hired Harmony Korine to pen the screenplay. Clark ultimately used most of Korine's script, but rewrote the ending. The film was given a $1.3 million budget. The arrangement was to film using digital video, but Clark and Lachman used 35mm film instead.
Although it was sold for distribution to some 30 countries, the film
was not shown in the United Kingdom after director Larry Clark
assaulted Hamish McAlpine, the head of the UK distributor for the
film, Metro Tartan. Clark is alleged to have been angry over
McAlpine's remarks about 9/11 . Clark was arrested and spent several
hours in custody, and McAlpine was left with a broken nose. The film
has not been released in the United States since its initial showing
Telluride Film Festival in 2002. Clark says that this is
because of the producer's failure to get copyright releases for the
music used. The film was banned in Australia due to its graphic
sexual content and portrayals of underage sexual activity after it was
refused a classification by the
Australian Classification Board on
June 6, 2003. A protest screening held in
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