A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Star, a teenage girl with nothing to lose, joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits. Written by
Director Andrea Arnold split the scripts into parts and gave each actor their daily script on the day of filming. Keeping their scripts a mystery was done to prevent them from planning too much and overacting. See more »
When Star is entering the truck of the Oil Worker you can see a crew member (maybe two?) in the rear seats. See more »
The closing credits, after the lead actor names, consist of a list of names, alphabetized by first name, with no indication of whether they are crew or cast -- no job titles or character names. And there are no opening credits. See more »
Take Your Time
Written by Shane McAnally, Sam Hunt and Josh Osborne
Published by Universal/MCA Music Ltd.
Songs of Black River (Admin. by Bluewater Music Services Corp.)
Performed by Sam Hunt
Courtesy of MCA Records Nashville
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd
Used By Permission. All Rights Reserved. See more »
A young girl, named Star, with no economic abilities, bears the heavy
responsibility of raising her two younger siblings.
Hungry after living the life of a teenager she gets attracted to a
group of young people at a supermarket with high spirit and a bad
attitude. She leaves her siblings behind and joins the group who lives
from day to day selling magazines to whomever they meet. The common
denominator is the selling of magazines. How to do it? How to
manipulate the potential buyer with different kind of stories up the
sleeve that is supposed to impose sympathy? As Oliver Twist is lured
into Fagins lair and is taught to pick pockets without knowing what he
is doing so is Star initially. At the point where she understands the
rules and laws of the group, she is involved in such a way that she
accepts the game and takes some very big risks and further compromises
her own moral values.
The force of the movie is the depiction of the life on the road, the
interaction between our marginalized young people and slowly getting to
know our protagonist, who in the beginning is the silent observer and
little by little starts to unfold her personality.
I can see that the movie is being criticized for being very long and
not having a story that develops from a start- to an endpoint. I agree
that some of the scenes are prolonged to a point that seems
unnecessary. Besides this I think that this movie is a perfect example
of how the truth often lies in the detail. This means that we need to
dwell in some of the scenes and that the artistic challenge is to let
this happen in a way that gets the audience involved.
Again I must express my deepest respect for director Andrea Arnold who
has the rare ability to show a milieu in such a convincing way that it
at certain points seems as if you are not watching a movie but instead
a documentary but without loosing the storytelling.
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