Given the dramatic disparity with which films depict the life of teenage girls vs. teenage boys, it feels almost unfair to say that Clip doesn't really have anything new to bring to the table, but a played-out genre is a played-out genre, and the "dark" coming-of age film is certainly that. Director Maja Milos approaches the film with a wild style that accentuates the banality of some of these moments, particularly the graphic sexual interactions between Jasna and Djole, but the only real innovation in Clip comes from what doesn't occur rather than anything that does.
Based on the DVD packaging, the film's Serbian roots are offered as a potentially unique angle for the story, but other than the grungy, dated surroundings of the characters as they hook up and hang out, there are only a few scenes in the movie that feel as if they stem from Serbian culture. At one point, the boys break into the school at night and throw the desks out the window, which is an interesting act of rebellion. The school itself feels unsupervised and voluntary, and access to clubs and drugs is never an issue. Still, none of this really changes the core story -- the only seriously unexpected element is Djole's connection to Jasna, which is introduced midway through the film and then never mentioned again. It seems like a big deal, but other than being mentioned, it never has an impact, so maybe I misunderstood the dialogue (although I doubt it).
In terms of Milos' direction, the most prominent contribution is the raw, uncensored sex, created using a number of techniques, including prosthetics, body doubles, and other bits of manipulation and editing. Of course, all the graphic sex, violence, or language in the world doesn't mean anything unless it has a point, and Milos doesn't really have anything to say about the onslaught of close encounters in her movie other than "it happens," which is no great revelation, or that "it can be banal," which is maybe even less of a revelation. For awhile, it seems as if the sex might open an interesting door on Djole's side of the relationship, but Milos doesn't go there, focusing more on his emotionless, mercenary attitude toward Jasna.
The two aspects of Clip that do hold weight are Simijonovic's performance and the film's relatively open ending. Although it's not exactly a tour-de-force performance, Simijonovic is able to hint at an emotional complexity to her experiences that Milos doesn't offer in her screenplay. Simijonovic conveys the decency at the heart of Jasna even when she's at her most selfish and cruel, which is no small feat. I also greatly appreciate that Milos is solely interested in observation rather than moralizing -- the point of Clip is not to punish Jasna for her wild behavior. Sadly, Milos' strategy for doing that is to not have much of an opinion or point at all, which places Clip right in the middle of the teen movie spectrum.
The Video and Audio
An original theatrical trailer for Clip is included in the special features. There are also trailers for four other Artsploitation releases: Vanishing Waves, Hemel, Hard Romanticker, and Bullet Collector.