Violence and Teen Culture in The River’s Edge and Dear Wendy

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Violence and Teen Culture in The River’s Edge and Dear Wendy
Tim Hunter’s The River’s Edge (1986) and Thomas 
Vinterberg’s
 Dear Wendy (2004) are both concerned with communities of teenagers that are tested and destroyed by violence, in particular by failure to understand the consequences of violence. The young characters in both films are, to varying degrees, disconnected from the world around them. However, where 
Vinterberg’s
 gang of outcast misfit gun-enthusiasts carry out their games and rituals in what appears to be a social vacuum (the adult characters are undeveloped and receive little screen time), Hunter opts to show, and even to some extent explore, the generational divide that contributes to teenage alienation. For this...
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.....ce that disrupts their lives, and yet some of them seem at least to be aware of their problem. They know they’ve been dehumanized and desensitized, and this awareness, paradoxically, makes them human – all of which is a reflection of the respect and poignancy which Hunter and screenwriter Neal Jimenez afford them. 
Vinterberg
, by contrast, explores teenage violence in thesis-driven, academic fashion (not through character) and ironically ends up having precious little to say. 
Works Cited
Hunter, Tim (1986). The River’s Edge. U.S. 
Hemdale
 Film Corp. VHS: Embassy Home Entertainment, 1987
Vinterberg
, Thomas (2004). Dear Wendy. Denmark-Germany-France-U.K.-Norway-Sweden-U.S. Lucky Punch (a 
Zentropa
-Nimbus company). DVD: Fox 
Lorber
, 2006