I actually preferred this to the first film in "the antelope trilogy", thanks to the more auteurish touches, (editing, music (opera over the streets of San Francisco!), the sporadic use of dissonant screeches that sound like psychotic office machines, etc.) I wouldn't mind placing these movies in my personal collection...
Whew. I hated this as much as I loved Little Rock. Essentially the female character from Little Rock comes back, learns English, and makes a living as a prostitute. The really annoying kid from the previous film is even more annoying here. The whole thing is just too depressing. A real disappointment.
Where "Litterock" focused mainly on Atsuko's journey as in outsider to America, "Pearblossom Hwy" succeeds at showing us Cory's struggle with being an outsider to contemporary society -- ultimately questioning his identity in several aspects of his life. Looking forward to the last film of the trilogy.
(3.5 stars) A great companion piece to Ott's "Littlerock" centering on life in rural California. Desperate souls trying to get out of the trap that their lives have become. It's an exploration in self-discovery and acceptance. Figuring out one's purpose and trying everything possibly to change one's own circumstances. At times both heartbreaking and loving, this film sneaks up on your emotions. Well worth the time.