A critical darling of the festival circuit, American Honey is the defining work of acclaimed British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s career – a dreamy and enchanting coming of age road movie. Newcomer Sasha Lane shines as Star, a teenager escaping a troubled home to join a travelling crew selling magazine subscriptions led by Riley Keough’s queen bitch Krystal and Shia LaBeouf’s charismatic Jake. At 160 minutes long it drags in stages, at risk of losing its ragged charm in a wandering, seemingly aimless haze the longer it goes on. Arnold embraces that unpredictability though, resulting in a beautifully raw film both refreshingly real and blissfully magical.

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3 Stars

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