khoi97’s review published on Letterboxd:
10 - Andrea Arnold's American Honey is a cumulation of free spirits, youthfulness, and loves, as the film examines different corners of Midwest American towns.
Enjoyment: 5/5 | Quality: 5/5
"Yellow diamonds in the light
And we're standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive."
Along the empty highways of Midwest America, there is a white van that is filled with misfits and rejects. And they know that; yet, they are full of life, and a lot of love to give. The music blares through the old speakers of the vehicle as they arrive at their destination for the night, a rundown neon-lit motel in the middle of nowhere. Isolated but at least they have each other.
"We found love in a hopeless place."
Love in a white convertible,
As the sun glares through the windshield.
A kiss on a green lawn;
These places aren't hopeless.
"Shine a light through an open door
Love and life I will divide
Turn away 'cause I need you more
Feel the heartbeat in my mind."
The American Dream is so different when the system is not in your favor. A simple dream seems unattainable but living in the moment is all that matters. A bonfire by the lakeside, where touches of laughter can be heard. As the water washes up on the sunkissed skin, reborn, a new chapter of life.