"Where's your god now?"
I wanted to make a film that had very little dialogue, that was more sensory, more like something as an experience that you felt, that kind of went through you. I wanted it to be almost an attack of sounds and images. And in some ways it was meant to be like a pop poem or something.
It’s about girl empowerment, but it’s also about kids, it’s about a new generation, that there’s no soul with the new generation. But there is a soul that is morphed, it’s become something else. It’s a new idea, it’s a new vision. It’s about kids who were raised on video games and youtube clips - television babies, and so the step from watching and viewing to doing is very very small, and in some ways they represent that kind of idea.
I can never, and have never made movies for everyone. I make a very specific type of film. At the same time this movie says a lot and nothing. I have nothing to prove, the movie has nothing to prove. The thing is, it’s supposed to be about surfaces, the culture is about surfaces. It’s meant to be like candy, and so if it makes people angry, that’s fine. If people love it, that’s fine. There’s no right or wrong way to interpret this film.”
This is one hell of a polarizing film, and I¹ll say right now that, as someone who¹s sick of stale, predictable Hollywood product, I love Spring Breakers…There’s a chance you’ll see and despise Spring Breakers but there is also a very good chance that your reaction will reflect less on the film and more on you.
Harmony Korine: Soldier of Cinema
It stretches credulity to continue treating Harmony Korine like some crazed enfant terrible of filmmaking — dude’s past 40, married, a father, and by now has written and directed a substantial number of features, shorts, and unclassifiable oddities over two decades plus. And yet Spring Breakers, which from anyone else would be treated as a radioactive experiment in violent depravity, is instead discussed as Korine’s play for mainstream respectability. Guess it all depends where you’re coming from.
Much has been made of casting Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens in this flick, and you can find ample chatter about that elsewhere. But who does Korine want to work with next? “Harrison Ford,” he says without hesitation. “Or Clint Eastwood.” After we got done imagining that, we talked with Korine about why and how he made Spring Breakers, how and why he makes movies at all, and his love of “liquid narrative.”
French posters for Spring Breakers.
First Trailer For Harmony Korine’s ‘Spring Breakers’.