Koen Mortier's Ex- Drummer tells the story of a well regarded writer who agrees to join a band with three handicapped
low-lives as their drummer. In the beginning narration of the film, the writer explains that he is doing this as a social exoeriment where he submerses
himself in the fifth and ugliness of society. Ex-Drummer is an insane, dirty, gritty flick that is very stylistic and visual in its study of anarchist punk rock as true culture. Not a bunch of fucking stupid kids who dress in black and have piercings cause "they look cool", this film dives deep into their world of disorder and essentially chaos against the establishment and just general lack of anything in which society deems necessary. As one could imagine Ex-Drummer is nihilistic to the bone but it's also a dark, dark comedy with some great moments. The best way to explain this film would be if Gasper Noe made 'Transpoitting' with a hint of ''Withnail and I" mixed in. The visuals are throughly interesting and extreme in displaying this upside down world. Literally segments of the film are upside down, particularly revolving around one character, as a way to visually show the chaos. This is not the most enjoyable film but Ex-Drummer is a film that should be experienced. The film is full of interesting discussion but I wish it had been directed more at society as a whole, instead of being simply a vial, yet effective portrait.
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