A drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Jeff Nichols, from Little Rock (Arkansas), stands out as one of the promising new deal in American cinema.
A complex hybridization between Malick and Spielberg (without ever limiting himself to these far-reaching elective filiations), he is right at the edge between American independent cinema and Hollywood industrial cinema. [Shotgun Stories] was striking due to its humble mastery of direction, its capacity to revisit America’s myths grasping at the same time both the territory and the landscape. One could see a “folk cinema”, in the tradition of the great American names, from John Ford to Terrence Malick in Badlands. One could also discover a brilliant actor, Michael Shannon, whose marmoreal grace evoked a “redneck” version of Christopher Walken. The same qualities can be found (including Michael Shannon) in Take Shelter; but there, the art of Americana is somehow “disturbed” by the codes of the genre movie, to be more specific those of the supernatural… read more
At base level, a simple tale of friendship and family set in the rich and fertile world of the Mississippi River, it gradually grows to become a beautiful coming of age story for everyone involved. Nichols captures the wild freedom of youth and the pain of love with aching sensibility and wry humour. 4 stars
This movie is fucking lovely. I like how clear it is that some people posting here didn't even pay attention to the movie.
Disappointing follow-up to 'Take Shelter' that despite good performances fails to engage on any meaningful level and eventually descends into near action genre cliché. McConaughey continues his re-emergence as an actor of note with a strong turn here and the film does have a strong visual presence but it sinks with the generic script. By the conclusion derision replaces tedium.
The festival arrives at a close, with films in competition from David Cronenberg, Sergei Loznitsa, Im Sang-soo, and Jeff Nichols.