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American Honey

This screening took place on
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

“Star (newcomer Sasha Lane) lives on the fringes of American society, resorting to dumpster diving in order to feed her half-siblings. When she meets Jake (Shia LaBeouf) dancing in the aisles at a Kmart, their attraction is instantaneous and magnetic. Star places the kids in care and immediately joins Jake on a cross-country drive with a Dickensian gang of misfits: slugging hard liquor in the backs of vans, crashing in rundown motels, and selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions. Star and Jake are ecstatic in each other’s company. They begin dreaming of a house and family to call their own. But their relationship offends the crew’s queen bee, Krystal (Riley Keough), and Star’s precarious place — in the gang and in society — becomes clear.

Shot in a 4:3 aspect ratio, the film keeps us close to its cast. Lane and LaBeouf are an electric pairing; the screen can barely contain the ecstasy of their scenes together. And Arnold brings a verité-style realism to the motley band of youths, who are played for the most part by non-professional actors. Propelled by a dynamic soundtrack that ranges from E-40 to Rihanna to Bruce Springsteen, American Honey is an energetic road trip across a rarely seen America.”

CAMERON BAILEY - TIFF

Preceded by: Mama’s Getting into Grandpa’s Ganja
Nicole Edwards music video
Dir. Jessica Hall, 2016, YT, 4 min

  • Directed by Andrea Arnold
  • 2016, USA/UK
  • 163 minutes
    American Honey

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