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November 18–23, 2016

Chicago Encore

American Honey

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Jury Prize &
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
—Special Mention
Palme d'Or
Cannes Film Fest
"American Honey proves Andrea Arnold is one of the best working filmmakers and finds a breakout star in Sasha Lane... a magisterial achievement"
"It's been a while since a film so powerfully evoked the thrilling possibilities and wasted pleasures of the open road"
  —Los Angeles Times
Critics' Pick "Observant and exuberant, and sweet in a way that is both unexpected and organic"
  —New York Times
"Ravishing... it's constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel"
"Frequently breathtaking in its raw-nerve beauty. Plenty of recent films can claim Terrence Malick as an influence, but Arnold is one of the few filmmakers who takes that intuitive style in a fresh direction"
  —AV Club
"A brilliant and startling slap to the senses... an original, sometimes breathtaking depiction of a certain slice of American life"
  —Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars½ "The real find here is [Sasha] Lane, who makes her feature debut confidently, never feeling like she's performing as much as living in the moment"
Recommended "Entrancing"
  —Chicago Reader

Visionary award-winning filmmaker Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank), makes her first film in America with the story of a teenager who falls into a life on the road. 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, Disturbia) 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, a crew of traveling magazine salesmen, who take her along on their escapades across the American Midwest, living a life of lawlessness, partying and crime. They are slugging hard liquor in the backs of vans and crashing in rundown motels. Star and Jake are ecstatic in each other's company and they begin dreaming of a house and family to call their own. However, their relationship offends the crew's queen bee, Krystal (Riley Keough), and Star becomes entangled in ever more intense situations as the consequences of their actions catch up to them.

American Honey tells a tale of rebellion, growing up and making mistakes, but through it all, keeping hope for something better.

Directed by Andrea Arnold, UK/U.S.A., 2016, 162 mins.


  • Fri.–Wed, Nov. 18–23 at 6:30 pm
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