SPOILER: Arlen is dropped outside the U.S. boarder where American law no longer applies. She awakens chained up captured by cannibals, who first remove first her arm, then her leg. In response Arlen covers herself in feces and uses this to escape on a skateboard. She is picked up and taken to a makeshift town named Comfort. Five months later, Arlen heads out to the desert, where she finds a woman and a young girl scavenging among waste. Realizing they are cannibals, Arlen shoots the mother but takes the girl back with her to Comfort. After Arlen drops acid she wanders out into the desert where she meets the Miami Man, the father of the child she took. Arlen and Miami Man grow closer on their journey to Comfort. Arlen finds her in Dream's harem and eventually manages to extract Miami Man's daughter. Arlen returns Miami Man's daughter to him before saying she wants to stay with him.
Much of the filming was done in Bombay Beach, California. Which is "technically" still part of Niland, California, and many locals were cast as extras in the film. See more »
In the dump scene, just after Arlen approaches Honey and Maria, Honey's gloves vanish between shots, and then reappear. On a close up of Maria, Honey can be seen in the background with her gloves off (where she previously had gloves on), and in the next shot she is wearing them again. See more »
I got a question. Why we are out here? Just what are we doing in the middle of the goddamn desert tonight? That's right, that's right. You want that music only Jimmy can made. Let me tell you something about Jimmy. You know why Jimmy's here? He's Bad Batch. Not functionally member of society. That's what they told him. That's right. All of us here, We weren't good enough, smart enough, young enough, gulpy enough, wealthy enough, SANE ENOUGH. Freaks. Parasites. This here is The Bad Batch. We ...
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Fantastic Light Displays, Beautiful People and other Charms
Desert exile, a cult leader with an armed and pregnant harem and roaming gangs of hungry cannibals, are only some of the worries for solitary Arlen. She is very resourceful and open minded though. She manages to make her way on a gnawed leg, to a frontier settlement of free dealing outlaws. Arlen attempts to lay low in this town with an apparently abandoned little girl and her pet rabbit. With the cult leader showing interest in the pair and a burly cannibal searching for his little girl, Arlen is faced with some difficult choices. There are truths she needs to find for herself.
There are glimmers of Amirpour's amazing previous film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, including funky music, fantastic light displays, beautiful people, charming spontaneity, skateboards, gorgeous hot pants and grisly encounters. Keanu Reeves makes a delightful appearance as the harem loving cult leader and Jim Carrey as an impulsive and sunburnt hermit. I wish there was more depth to the dialogue. Long pauses work better with excellent actors, and the stars of the film do not have this range yet. Seen at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
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