American Honey


Review: A teenage girl from a troubled home, runs away and joins a travelling sales crew. They drive across the American Midwest selling subscriptions door to door. She gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard-partying, law bending and young love.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Actors: Shia LaBeouf, Sasha Lane, Riley Keough and Isaiah Stone
Year: 2016
Genre: Adventure and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
Both Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf give fantastic performances and were the two that outshone the rest although everyone put so much effort into their performances. I have to say that I didn’t recognize or realize until the end that it was actually Shia LaBeouf. Andrea Arnold discovered Sasha Lane on a beach in Florida. This is her film debut. Most of the other cast were chosen from shopping malls and stake parks. The music is well thought out especially while they were actually on the road going from place to place. It is not an easy watch by any means and it is just under the 3 hours so a very long film. There were times where I thought it was going to finish and then it started up again. About two hours in there was a scene where they were in a line together overlooking a view and thought it was going to finish and then it just started up again for about another hour. The whole film was filmed in chronological order and much of the dialogue was improvised. I have to say that I have not seen any of Andrea Arnold’s films but was really impressed with this. I like it how she hasn’t got anyone really famous in it. A very real and sincere film. You actually believed in the characters and what they were going through. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 Andrea Arnold won two awards. She won the Jury Prize and also for the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention.


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