There’s an overwhelming tendency in the American character to drop out of society and tune in to the rhythm of the road, exploring first hand the heart of the fickle so-called “American Dream.” Andrea Arnold’s latest film “American Honey” takes us into that Dream once again, but for a whole new generation. The film follows Star (Sasha Lane), a teenage girl living in a broken home with nothing to lose. One day, she encounters the charismatic Jake (Shia LaBeouf), who convinces her to run away and join their band of traveling magazine salesman in order to fund their nomadic lifestyle. Though she initially falls in love with Jake and into the group’s hard partying, law breaking ways, she soon discovers the ugly side of their journey through the Midwest. The film also stars Arielle Holmes (“Heaven Knows What”), Riley Keough (“The Girlfriend Experience”), and more. Watch a new trailer for the film below set to Bruce Springsteen’s cover of the Suicide song “Dream Baby Dream.”
The film was written and directed by Andrea Arnold. She has previously directed the short film “Wasp,” which won her a Best Live Action Short Film Oscar, the Dogme 95-esque Scottish drama “Red Road,” the relationship drama “Fish Tank,” and the Brontë adaptation “Wuthering Heights.” Meanwhile, Shia Labeouf is best known for his roles in the Disney Channel series “Even Stevens,” the “Transformers” franchise, Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” and Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.” “American Honey” marks Sasha Lane’s first film role.
“American Honey” premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It’s scheduled to be released in the United States on September 30th.