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36 Ratings


Directed by Amman Abbasi
United States, 2017


In the wake of his older brother’s death, 13-year-old Dayveon spends the sweltering summer days roaming his rural Arkansas town. When he falls in with a local gang, he becomes drawn to the camaraderie and violence of their world.

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Dayveon Directed by Amman Abbasi

Critics reviews

A musician as well (he composed the score of the film), Abbasi is as interested as capturing the rhythms and visuals of rural Arkansas as he is in “telling a story”. Through the struggle of a young black teenager (Devin Blackmon) grappling to come to terms with his brother’s gang-related death, and tempted to join a gang himself, he creates an intimate portrayal of lost youth.
March 17, 2017
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It’s a beautiful, lyrical work, opting for naturalism over sculpted drama. The film relishes in its scenery. We pause to listen to crickets, to watch water drift in the wind. Abbasi makes the decision to shoot in 4:3, a tactic that creates distance between the viewer and the screen, and reminds us that we are outsiders to this world. It’s just a snapshot.
February 03, 2017
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Abbasi’s drifty, droning composition (it’s no surprise to read that he’s collaborated with Icelandic beat combo Sigur Ros), arranged and performed by Amos Cochran, plays out, offering a spacey counterpoint to the imagery… Sadly, these intriguing formal noodlings can’t disguise the clichés in the script. Even so, it’s clear that Abbasi has talent and ambition, and with help and guidance from a good script editor he could go much further in filmmaking beyond Little Rock, his hometown.
January 20, 2017
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