Larry Clark, Kids (1995)
There’s been plenty of films that try to capture the essence of the American Teenager, and this is honestly the only one that does. Playing out like a documentary, it chronicles teens at the height of the AIDS epidemic, with all the sex, drugs and skateboarding that was the norm then.
It’s brutally honest and depicts everything in a frank manner, and since this film, he’s done nothing as good. His other films delve too far into the lurid and exploitative and have yet to see mass release.
This one, however, has inspired a whole generation of filmmakers, and it’s an intense watch.