Arcadia (2012)



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A coming-of-age story set in a vast, cross-country landscape, Arcadia begins when twelve-year-old Greta's dad Tom (Academy Award nominated actor John Hawkes) wakes her up before dawn and crams her and her two siblings into a dented station wagon. They set off on a 3,000 mile journey from the New England woods to the California desert. On the way, Tom tells enchanting stories, paints pictures of a California paradise, and assures the kids that Mom will soon join them. Greta believes him at first, mesmerized by the strange new scenery and clinging to her stuffed bunny Harrison. Older sister Caroline nonchalantly accepts his stories, more focused on the boyfriend she's leaving behind. And nine-year-old Nat, too young to suspect a thing, is eager to see the epic Grand Canyon. But Tom's mood shifts as often as the landscape outside their window, and the kids soon find themselves in increasingly unpleasant and even dangerous situations. Mom's presence seems to recede further with every mile they travel. (c) Film Movement

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Critic Reviews for Arcadia

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

The ever-reliable Hawkes does what he can with the material, but his part is too thinly written to convince.

Jul 18, 2013 | Full Review…

The characters overall lack definition, and the writer-director is only moderately successful at accessing the pathos of a story that should be steeped in it.

Jul 8, 2013 | Full Review…

Ms. Silver's ability to translate the liminal into cinematic terms, to catch those moments between innocence and knowing, childhood and adulthood, unforgiving and forgiving, makes her someone to watch.

Apr 11, 2013 | Rating: 3/5

Hits the mark as an emotionally authentic coming-of-age drama.

Jul 17, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The story is too slight to go the full distance of 3,000 miles cross-country without this viewer losing some interest.

Jul 13, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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