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Young Bodies Heal Quickly2014

  • 3.4
At the age twenty, Older escapes incarceration and seeks out his ten year old little brother, Younger. Clearly the bad influence, Older gets the boys mixed up in the "accidental" killing of a young girl and they are forced to go into hiding as they wait for their mother to rescue them. Thanks to their mother, the brothers now have a car and enough money to begin their bizarre road trip. Along the way, they encounter a host of people ranging from their unwelcoming sister to a troubled maid and her violent lover. Eventually, they wind up on the doorstep of their father's compound, wherein the three of them are quickly reminded why they are estranged in the first place. Just as the walls are about to close in, their father packs up his brood and takes them on a road trip of his own. They join several militaria enthusiasts in a remote forest where they re-enact actual Vietnam War battles. Once in the "jungle," the three of them revert to hostile tendencies building up to a final confrontation between father and sons, leaving the audience to decide what is real and what is make believe.

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"Lyrically confrontational. Violence and tenderness, piety and crime unite in a terrifying tangle of stunted emotions." - Richard Brody, the New Yorker

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I'd rather sift through week old garbage from a bad restaurant in a border town.

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It's pretty hard to make a good art film about asshole rednecks (unless you're Harmony Korine), but nice try. 2.5 stars

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It is a compelling montage of emotional imagery for sure. Though I managed to watch the film in its entireity, I'm at a loss of how to write a review on what I've just seen.

Feels genuine. Bold effort by the director not seen since the likes of Harmony Korine.

One of the worst films I have ever seen in my entire life! It was almost impossible to sit through the whole thing--- the director should NEVER attempt another to make another film again especially since he's obviously desperate to be seen as "different" and "avant-garde".

Too slow and boring!! Did not like this film!