The title of the film refers to the low life dwellers of streets (cops, prostitutes, crooks) who cling on to the edges of society. Set in a city slum the film deals with a less then clean cop and the people he comes in contact with including a prostitute and a young girl, who dreams of being rescued by a prince. Striving to be something deep and meaningful the film fell flat for me. The rapid fire, hand held style may have kept things moving and allowed for the film to be shot in close quarters but at the same time the camera moves so much and the cuts are so rapid that its hard to get a handle on what your watching, or in some cases I wasn't sure who was who with most of the characters blending together (not because they look the same more that we never really get a good look at some of them). I really didn't care about anyone and it made getting through this film a real chore. Its not a bad film as such, but its the first film in a long while where I feel that it wasn't worth the effort to see it or to pick it up (or even review it). In a weird way its kind of like the title lichen, something that dwells in the corner and isn't worth your attention.
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