American Woman

2019

American Woman

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After successfully enacting a violent plot against the United States government, Jenny Shimada (Hong Chau), a young ex-radical, relies on her off-the-grid expertise to safeguard three runaways. She is particularly drawn to Pauline (Sarah Gadon), who notoriously adopted the revolutionary ideology of her kidnappers. With her debut feature-length film, director Semi Chellas reimagines Susan Choi's novel of the same name to delve into the minds of young, progressive thinkers.

Cast

Sarah Gadon
as Pauline
Lola Kirke
as Yvonne
Ellen Burstyn
as Miss Dolly
David Cubitt
as Agent John Spivey
David Tompa
as Fingerprinter
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Critic Reviews for American Woman

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (6)

  • Writer/director Semi Chellas, making her feature debut... [is]'s not afraid to whisper big questions, to make space for small, beautiful moments (pelicans!), or to keep things quietly tense. Because even a slow simmer eventually boils over.

    September 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is lively and detailed enough so it is never boring, but it never takes off dramatically or realizes its intriguing possibilities either.

    May 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • "American Woman" tries to give us a fresh angle on a familiar subject, but the film is listless and desultory.

    April 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Viewers will have a hard time believing that these outlaws are so passionate about their cause ... because the movie portrays them as lethargic.

    July 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Chau is strong enough to bring a compelling new perspective to this bizarre chapter of history -- and to the entire idea of the identity of the "American woman".

    July 6, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It reflects a time of political and social upheaval like this time, and the story seems deeply modern. The film undersells itself and its lowkey/intensity shifts are jarring, but I guess that's life.

    June 26, 2020 | Full Review…

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