David Gordon Green's first feature is like Gummo, only better:
characters stumble across a vast wasteland they're only semi-aware of,
but instead of just being weird and disturbing, these characters are
gentle and caring. Actually, it's worth noting that most of the dialog
is not all that un-familiar, and that if the characters were older this
movie would seem like pretentious Indie junk. Instead, it puts the
context into comedic relief to see 12 year olds discussing love like
aging veterans of break-up and loss.
As for, well, imagery: heart-breaking/rending photography. Shot in North Carolina, two people to praise would be the location scout and the cinematographer.... the town these people live in is shapeless, buildings and trash and trains and mines and forest and plants and trees and swamp all co-inhabit the same spaces. The characters seem to know their way around, but trying to track them in context to an overall map is impossible. As a background, it serves well, but also symbolically links to George's traffic directing as a true act of heroism, even after saving that kid's life.
Anyway, this movie is wonderful, and as David Gordon Green has been getting a lot of attention lately what with his new movie Pineapple Express coming out, I'd like to check out more of his work.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
Set in a small town in North Carolina, George Washington is the story of a tight-knit multi-racial group of working-class kids caught in a tragic lie. After a twelve-year-old girl breaks up with her boyfriend for a sensitive, deeply introspective thirteen-year-old boy named George, a bizarre series of events and an innocent cover-up launches their insular group on individual quests for redemption.
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