Andrea Arnold once again confirms herself as one of – if not the – best British filmmakers working today with her sprawling odyssey of the disenfranchised, American Honey.
Formally not so much a departure as a natural evolution of her lo-fi style – developed over three short films and four features – it’s her (and ever-present cinematographer Robbie Ryan) eye for the details that captures the striking intimacies in such an epically-scaled journey.
Be it a coy look, a wasp trapped behind a window, or a well-timed bit of Rihanna, Arnold never loses sight of the minutiae that wordlessly tell our full stories.
Newcomer Sasha Lane absolutely owns this film – her fiery chemistry with the never-better LaBeouf is the spark that makes it ignite. This could be Arnold’s magnum opus.
CAST: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, Arielle Holmes
DIRECTOR: Andrea Arnold
WRITER: Andrea Arnold
SYNOPSIS: Star (Lane), a teenager with nothing to lose, escapes her old life to join a band of hedonistic misfits journeying across America.
American Honey was screened In Competition at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.