by Andrea Arnold
In a supermarket parking lot in Oklahoma, Star (18) and her two siblings rummage through bins in search of food. Star is taken by surprise, when a wild bunch of teenagers in a noisy van suddenly appears out of nowhere. One of them is Jake, who immediately starts flirting with the dreadlocked young woman. The next day, Star joins the travelling magazine sales runaways on a journey across the Midwest in a van blasting with music and a high-spirited vibe. However, Krystal, the caustic ringleader, remains unimpressed by Star and Jake’s budding romance. With its fantastic soundtrack, this deeply atmospheric ‘white trash’ road movie from British director Andrea Arnold continually allows the hopelessness of youth to emerge from behind a glossy façade.