Spring Breakers (2012)
Spring Breakers is a wicked, teen and fantasized overdose, in a good and cinematic sense. Harmony Korine explores the difficulty of American teenagers in a way I had never seen before, mixing all the narrative possibilities and letting our hearts collapse at the very end of the story. I would like to express my deepest admiration to the director's brave use of color. Fluorescent has never been so intoxicating.
I think I lost the count of the shots when we still were at minute fifteen. This was one crazy movie. Cinematographer Benoît Debie never loses the indication of making it seem like a big hangover, like a eternal overdose, like a spiritual confusion. However, there weren't many memorable shots. Bronze went to one drink and drug scene when the style suddenly changes to vintage. Silver went to the longest shot in the entire film, the robbery to the cafe, brilliantly told from the driver's perspective.
But the best shot, to me, was this. Spring Breakers is a story about dependence, about troubled girls who need a leader, a figure they find out in Alien, played by James Franco. This shot proves all the big themes in the movie: Lost of identity, leadership and a long journey... Of psychedelic colors!