"What else am I? What else can I say. I'm a trouble maker. I've always wanted to be a rebel," says Cory, one of the three protagonists of Pearblossom Hwy, directly into the camera. The ... See full summary »
"What else am I? What else can I say. I'm a trouble maker. I've always wanted to be a rebel," says Cory, one of the three protagonists of Pearblossom Hwy, directly into the camera. The other protagonists are Anna, an illegal immigrant from Japan who is selling her body to make money to get back home, and Jeff, Cory's homophobic brother, a former soldier who now lives day-to-day. In the style of New Wave filmmakers, the director draws on sensitive moments from actors' lives (meeting your father for the first time, a grandmother sick on another continent), so we are never sure if we are watching reconstructed reality or the director's vision. Ott warns us that his film is about the abandoned youth in the small towns of America and the fallacy of the American Dream, and most importantly, the truth that lies somewhere in that porous threshold between fact and fiction. Written by
Saw this film in Wroclaw Poland in October and it started with Cory, one of the lead characters looking directly into the camera and giving a real strange monologue about his life. Much of the film seems to deal with Cory's sexuality in a documentary kinda way. The other protagonists are an immigrant who is selling sex to make money to get back to Japan, and Cory's homophobic brother, a former military guy who's moved back to town after the war. Many nods to french new wave filmmakers, also the director uses things from actors' real lives, so we are never sure if we are watching constructed reality or director's thoughts or something different all together.
In Q and A he said that much of film was written around the actors experience, so there was a mixture of documentary and fiction overall. I found the doc stuff less interesting, still, the film has a wholly original texture, and that cannot be faked. Definitely not for everyone though.
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