With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ...
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With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father suddenly dies. The loss prompts Johnny to strike out for Los Angeles, but would mean leaving behind his beloved sister.Written by
On a DVD extra, director Chloé Zhao said of the tight budget, light plotting, and neo-realist style casting, "We're capturing truth - because truth is the only thing we can afford." The production used mostly local residents as actors, and, according to Zhao, 80% of the story depicted is true to the actual life of the young man playing Johnny Winters (John Reddy). The house that Winters lives in is the house that Reddy lived in, and Reddy, also one of twenty-five children to one father, has many of his real family members playing members of his family. In fact, the man shown delivering the eulogy for Winters' father is Reddy's actual father. See more »
Filmmaker Chloe Z, couldnt decide on script, story or thesis
Perhaps if you gave the assignment to first year film students to find a subject, follow their life for month, this would be the assignment submitted. The filmmaker admits she didnt have a script, as films thesis changed along the way. Lack of story, script, thesis is evident. This film then becomes perhaps scenery of places the viewer perhaps hasnt been, or following res life perhaps for any brave viewer that its foriegn to? If the filmmaker intended to capture indigenous persons attachment to lands (she purported in interview),this movie missed its mark. Having lived many decades within a culture which reveres land as living soulful being, Id hoped for success. Highlight of film was perhaps first time performances, Jashaun St. John providing noteworthy talent portraying younger sister to protagonist brother. Holistically film's painful time spent, even if viewed as travelogue for viewers whove never spent anytime around the Pine Ridge res area of plains states, still hard to extract a storyline. It doenst work as a documentary, a drama, or trravelogue. Lets call it a slice of life for brothers,mother and sister from Lakota territory and hope the cast save a copy among home movies for thier grandkids.
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