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Arcadia (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 1 January 2014 (France)
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Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.


Olivia Silver


Olivia Silver
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Simpkins ... Greta
Ty Simpkins ... Nat
Kendall Toole Kendall Toole ... Caroline
Kim Reid Kim Reid ... Mom
John Hawkes ... Tom
Chris Fogleman ... Cashier
Skyler Stone ... Tatum
Dan Lorge ... Chief Greene (as Daniel Martin)
Darin Heames ... Vic
Mary Pat Gleason ... Agnes
Mike Lutgen Mike Lutgen ... Sleazy Man
Tawny Fere ... Girl at the Bar (as Tawny Ellis)
Julia Campbell ... Mrs. Acres
Drew Koles ... Evan Acres (as Andrew Koles)
Steven Eckholdt ... Mr. Acres


Greta's dad Tom is moving the family cross-country in a dented station wagon, promising a California paradise to his kids. All that's missing is Mom.

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Release Date:

1 January 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Arkadia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Tessa Allen has a brief cameo in the film as Lisa, the girl who waves and smiles at Greta at school at the end of the film See more »


Tom's short fuse is set off again when he is going to be charged $49 for the entrance fee to the Grand Canyon National Park ($25 for the vehicle plus $12 for each for 2 "adults".) The fee would actually have been only $25, as per the Park's website fee schedule: "Grand Canyon National Park Vehicle Permit- $25.00 (U.S. Dollars) Admits one single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all its passengers." The entrance fee for "Individuals" entering without a vehicle (walking, bike, etc.,) is $12 each. See more »


Greta: Do you ever feel like your face isn't yours?
Nat: What do you mean?
Greta: Sometimes I just feel like my brain isn't even connected to my face. Like it's a stranger's or something.
Nat: If I were you, I'd really wish my face was a stranger's.
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A Good Start, but Could Have Been Better
21 December 2018 | by SalsaBoy2010See all my reviews

I have been wanting to see Arcadia for some time, and with its recent reappearance on Amazon Prime, I was able to finally view it. I liked it, but it lacked. This is the type of indie-film that could rock one's smaller screen with its understated power and economy of dialogue and action. In movies such as this, the context and the subtext - what is not spoken - is what (could/should) drive the movie. Coming to mind - although it's been a while since I've seen it - is SHORT TERM 12, about a couple who works at a house for at-risk teens. The tone and the ambition of Arcadia seemed to strive for that elegance, but there wasn't much more than met the eye. The primary narrative device of questioning the father's (John Hawkes) motives was thin, instead of rich, and the growing pains and coming of age of Greta (Ryan Simpkins) was described more through plot more than confusion or grappling.

I liked it. There was the possibility of love. Not a must-see and preferable to watch if/when one is in the mood for a contemplative picture (even though this didn't inspire too much contemplation).

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