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Pearblossom Hwy (2012)

"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 »

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"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 Artur Zaborski

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In a Q and A director Mike Ott said the loud gunshot sound that reoccurs throughout the film was taken from Godard's Masculin Féminin (1966) and was inspired by Bertolt Brecht's idea of the Alienation Effect. See more »

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Cory Lawler: My whole life I've always had this certain type of mannerisms. The way I talk, kind of sometimes, it, I think it makes people question who I am.
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An exercise in unmitigated exploitation
24 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film exploits is subjects in every possible way. Without a doubt Cory Zacharia is exploited the most with the directors use of absolute manipulation on his ethos, emotions, mental state. Using characters in this way is a gross misuse of power and something only a vainglorious smug art world snob would beget. Oh but wait, its in the name of art, wow oh wow, I FORGOT. self-righteousness prevails.

America has an abundance of better stories to be unearthed. Not like this. This one should be flushed and any critic who supports it have good reason to be ashamed. Reading the reviews give me reason to pause and question your morality and ethics. Do not waste your time or give money to the makers of this film.


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