American Honey

American Honey ★★★★½

In the vast and wildly varied world of conflict-less cinema, I don't think I've ever seen a movie that can convey an emotion quite this strongly, something that without any legs to stand on, manages to float because of its atmosphere and the ever-present mood of both loneliness and community.

This might just be me, but the first 30 minutes or so play a huge role on how I went on to experience the rest of the movie, it starts with our main character walking on garbage, going home to a deplorable and deeply unhappy living situation, abandons her siblings with her neglectful mother, and goes to work with a gang of the whitest of trash. I was, to put it mildly, very uncomfortable watching it, and heavily judgemental of the characters. I need to clarify all of that because I believe that's the reason I was then touched so deeply by all the hidden and overt idiosyncrasies. I was forced to sink into this movie's wavelength of depressing american life, which allowed me to be completely vulnerable and receptive to all emotions after that point.

Couple that with just the gorgeous visual presentation; beautiful color grading and a looseness in camera movement, plus, it's filled to the brim with performances so authentic, so natural and (I bet) so hard to get out of an actor, I can't help but stand in shock as to how Andrea Arnold pulled it off. My one gripe is that it drags and lingers a bit much, I would personally cut 15-20 minutes, but yeah, this one's good.

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