A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at the Conservatoire. Against the advice of her colleagues, she imposes the admission of a pupil, in whom she sees a great talent. With a lot of involvement... See full summary »
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, award-winning filmmaker Alma Har'el brings to life a young actor's stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams. Fictionalizing his childhood's ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery, Har'el casts Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges as Otis Lort, navigating different stages in a frenetic career. LaBeouf takes on the daring and therapeutic challenge of playing a version of his own father, an ex-rodeo clown and a felon. Artist and musician FKA Twigs makes her feature-film debut, playing neighbor and kindred spirit to the younger Otis in their garden-court motel home. Har'el's feature narrative debut is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between filmmaker and subject, exploring art as medicine and imagination as hope.
These films are quite rare, in a sense that; you don't find films this heartfelt.
I'd always thought LaBeouf was a bit off the rails and that his career was on a downward spiral, after watching this I'm eager for more of his content because he was stellar in this film.
Having done more research on the background of this film, I feel I can empathise with this film; you rarely a film so sincere and genuine like this.
Noah Jupe is a young actor that's been in a few good main films; such as Le Mans. He does a fantastic role playing young Otis. The on screen dynamic between him and LaBeouf is so wonderfully constructed.
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