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Border patrol police and racial tension are not your usual ingredients for a teen movie. Like the adolescent characters they feature, teen dramas tend to be self-referential: they are rarely concerned with anything beyond drugs, unprotected sex, and emotional confusion. Larry Clark, best known for his 1995 film Kids, specializes in this genre, but his latest feature, Marfa Girl, somehow eludes the teen canon to offer a diagonal take on an oft-predictable format.

Marfa Girl takes place in a small Texas border town that is home to a community of artists and a threatening number of border policemen. While hostility between teenagers and adults often plays out inside the walls of the family home, in Marfa the conflict plays out on the streets. While the clash between border policemen and arty teenagers is by no means peaceful, it offers an opportunity for exploring the cause of the bitter hatred on both sides. »

- Celluloid Liberation Front

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