Andrea Arnold's movie, competing for the Palme d'Or at the
Cannes Film Festival, follows a group of teenagers traveling
across the United States trying to make money selling magazine
As the 'mag crew' go door-to-door trying to convince anyone they
come across to sign-up and give them money, "American Honey"
shows the contrast between the lives of the youngsters and of
the often wealthy people they meet on the doorsteps.
Acclaimed filmmaker Arnold, known for her unflinching depictions
of life in Britain with films such as "Fish Tank" and "Red Road"
spent time traveling across the United States to prepare for her
"I got to see an awful lot when as I was traveling and I got
quite upset about some of the towns I went to, some of the
poverty I saw," she told a news conference on Sunday before the
screening of her film in Cannes.
"It seemed really different to me than in the U.K. because when
people don't have money they can't get healthcare and they can't
do things like go to the dentist and stuff like that and those
kind of things really shocked me."
Amongst the mostly unknown cast is American Shia LaBeouf, the
"Indiana Jones" and "Transformers" star who said he has first
hand experience of growing up in a poor town.
"This is not new information to me, so it's not like I
discovered that - in Bakersfield where my father lived for a
stint the only thing there is a prison you know so everybody
works at the prison, yeah that's not new information I am part
of that under class," he said.
"American Honey" is one of the 21 films in the running for the
top prize in Cannes.
(Writing by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ros Russell)
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