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  • Production
  • 15
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • 164 mins

American Honey

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Synopsis

Shia LaBeouf and Sasha Lane star in Andrea Arnold's drama about a troubled teen who finds her feet among a group of travelling magazine subscription salespeople.

About

Andrea Arnold's first U.S.-based feature stars Sasha Lane as a wayward teenager who becomes entangled in a life of partying and illegal activity after running away from home. Written and directed by Arnold, the film co-stars Shia LaBeouf and newcomers McCaul Lombardi and Arielle Holmes, and continues Arnold's longstanding collaboration with cinematographer Robbie Ryan.

Cast & Connections

Actors: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi, Arielle Holmes, Riley Keough
Director: Andrea Arnold
Writer: Andrea Arnold
Producers: Thomas Benski, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Jay Van Hoy, Alice Weinberg
Photographer: Robbie Ryan

Press Reactions

Guy Lodge for Variety

Be it in the grimy towers of an Essex council estate, the wind-whipped moors of Emily Brontë’s Yorkshire or, now, the truck stops and fleapit motels lining America’s highways, finding love in a hopeless place — or at least a bit of rapture amid the rubble — is something of a recurring theme in the British director’s work, though she’s never previously committed to it in quite such sensual, saturated fashion. Part dreamy millennial picaresque, part distorted tapestry of Americana and part exquisitely illustrated iTunes musical, “Honey” daringly commits only to the loosest of narratives across its luxurious 162-minute running time. Yet it’s constantly, engrossingly active, spinning and sparking and exploding in cycles like a Fourth of July Catherine wheel.

David Rooney for The Hollywood Reporter


Sasha Lane is certainly a magnetic screen presence, layering a hard edge of bruised experience behind the softness of her character's dreamy, hopeful gaze. And her chemistry is smoking with Shia LaBeouf, who has found an ideal vehicle here to harness his edge-of-insanity unpredictability.

Finn Halligan for Screen Daily

American Honey is a vivid polaroid of a point in time, that reckless bridge between stepping out into adult life and fully entering it, a point during which you’re never more alive. Following a quasi-renegade group of poor white kids as they bus around the American heartland selling magazine subscriptions to the gullible, it pulsates with energy, and not just from its rousing soundtrack.

Eric Kohn for Indiewire


With only four movies in 10 years, director Andrea Arnold has developed a rich filmography that other filmmakers spend decades trying to accumulate. [...] While her Wuthering Heights adaptation tried to take her technique to a grander scale, American Honey completes the effort with its sprawling portrait of young outcasts. It’s the closest thing to a magnum opus in Arnold’s blossoming career.

The bottom line

American Honey won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and will have its US premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016.

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