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George Washington

Directed by David Gordon Green
United States, 2000


Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the rural south are forced to confront a tangle of difficult choices in a decaying world. Told from the perspective of 11-year-old Nasia, who leaves her boyfriend Buddy for George. George dreams of becoming President of the United States.

Our take

In 2000, David Gordon Green burst onto the U.S. indie scene with a visionary debut reminiscent of such American touchstones as Killer of Sheep and Terrence Malick. Inventive, melancholy and sensuously photographed, this is a remarkable meditation on adolescence with an award-winning ensemble cast.

George Washington Directed by David Gordon Green
George Washington is the closest thing we have to William Faulkner on screen, a deeply spiritual experience that acknowledges one’s need to discover and connect with our national ancestry.
March 17, 2002
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Unusual for a deliberately allusive, symbolic movie, George Washington combines emotional amplitude with documentary veracity. While capturing the real, contemporary issues of poverty, youth alienation and racial interaction, it touches on the noblest, most loving quests of its characters and solicits a personal response from anyone who views it.
March 11, 2002
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A little like Gummo re-imagined by Terrence Malick, Green’s extraordinary debut feature is a film without a centre… Lyrically shot in ’Scope by Tim Orr, the film absorbs elements of documentary and improvisation to produce a remarkably organic whole.
September 01, 2001
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