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Directed by David Gordon Green

United States 2000 89 mins. In English

Green’s debut feature masterfully captures the essence of childhood summers spent with kids your own age, free from parental supervision, and with no real plan in mind. Produced just as filmmakers and the culture at large began rediscovering the early films of Terrence Malick, George Washington is deeply in debt to the open structure and editing strategies of films like Days of Heaven and The Thin Red Line but finds its own identity in the distinctly North Carolina sensibilities of its maker. None of Green’s characters depicted proceed through their days with a sense of urgency. Instead, they hang out, explore, try on aspects of adult relationships, and slowly move towards a discovery that opens their eyes to the realities of life. “Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time.”—Peter Travers, Rolling Stone.



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