“It's a business opportunity – we go door-to-door, we sell magazines, we explore America, we party,” says Jake (Shia LaBeouf). “Come with us.” Alongside big-screen newcomer Sasha Lane, LaBeouf fronts Andrea Arnold’s latest film, American Honey.
The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in May, losing the Palme d’Or award to Ken Loach’s social justice film I, Daniel Blake. However, Arnold scooped the jury award for the third time with American Honey, after having previously won for Red Road and Fish Tank.
It follows a teenage runaway Star (Sasha Lane) as she joins a travelling sales crew, who sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door by day, and party really hard by night. She journeys across the American Midwest with the wayward soon-to-be-love-interest Jake (LaBeouf) and the self-absorbed boss played by Riley Keough in a whirlwind of rebellion and hedonism.
Speaking at Cannes about the film, Arnold called it “a small potted version of the American dream. They’re working hard at selling themselves, which is what capitalism is all about.”