Dayveon (2017)


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Struggling with his older brother's death, 13-year-old Dayveon (newcomer Devin Blackmon) spends the sweltering summer days roaming around his rural Arkansan town. With no parents and few role models, he soon falls in with the local gang. Though his sister's boyfriend tries to provide stability and comfort as a reluctant father figure, Dayveon becomes increasingly drawn into the camaraderie and violence of his new world.

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Although the path taken by Dayveon and the plotting are well-traveled, 28-year-old filmmaker Abbasi does some intriguing things with tone and texture ...

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

No interaction here feels staged or false, though the film itself is often strikingly composed.

Sep 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The diffuse filmmaking style muffles the story's power.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

Abbasi has elicited outstanding performances from his entirely-amateur cast, who infuse both authenticity and professionalism into their roles. And it's impossible to remain unmoved by the many contrasts he carefully arranges.

Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…

By displacing some familiar gang-movie dynamics into an environment less often glimpsed on film, Abbasi stays true to the offbeat heart of his influences.

Sep 11, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Dayveon stands out with its vision, regional flavor and overall personality.

Feb 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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