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American Honey (2016)

Director:
Andrea Arnold
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Drama
INTERNATIONALTITLE
American Honey
RUNNING TIME
163 minutes
Producer:
Thomas Benski
Lars Knudsen
Jay Van Hoy
Lucas Ochoa
Pouya Shahbazian
Alice Weinberg
Screenwriter:
Andrea Arnold


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Star Sasha Lane
Jake Shia LaBeouf
Pagan Arielle Holmes
Krystal Riley Keough
Corey McCaul Lombardi
Backseat Cowboy Will Patton

 

Review

British filmmaker Andrea Arnold has a proven track-record of portraying kids from less affluent families, which she did so well with Fish Tank back in her native England in 2009. This time, she crosses the Atlantic, assembles a bunch of untrained actors from the street and takes them on an extensive road-trip across the United States looking for modern Americana. Her film shows spirited youth who haven't been given a fair chance by society, which is a fair point. But the film ultimately becomes too much ambience and too little substance as Arnold fixates her camera looking over the shoulder of young lead actress Sasha Lane, and lets it stay there for most of the film's far too generous running time. Shia LaBeouf, the film's only professional actor among the leads, also gives the most accomplished performance.

Copyright 4.7.2017 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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