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George Washington (2000)

A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.
(NR, 89 min.)


Wednesday, August 17, 2022

7:00 PM

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Over the course of one hot summer, a group of children in the decaying rural South must confront a tangle of difficult choices. An ambitiously constructed, elegantly photographed meditation on adolescence, the first full-length film by director David Gordon Green features remarkable performances from an award-winning ensemble cast. George Washington is a startling and distinct work of contemporary American independent cinema. [Janus]

Starring: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden
Director: David Gordon Green
Genre(s): Drama

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"George Washington is the closest thing we have to William Faulkner on screen."

— Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

"Green has created a work of startling originality that will haunt you for a good, long time."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"this is the sort of artistry many American independent movies aspire to - but rarely achieve."

— Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"Poetic, patient and beautiful, it's an astoundingly mature film from 25 year old debutant director Green."

— Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine

"One of the most striking and affecting American independent films of the year, heralding the arrival of a formidable young talent in Green. [2000]"

— Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Green tells the tale through leisurely, eye-catching shots that allow the young cast members to imbue their characters with striking credibility and intensity."

— Christian Science Monitor, David Sterritt

"George Washington is a mood piece first, and its triumph is in bottling up the intense feeling of early adolescence, and watching how tragedy transforms it."

— Scott Tobias, The Dissolve

"Director David Gordon Green has made a work of uncommon beauty and intelligence, one that is smart enough to trust its characters and the technical contributions of its crew."

— Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle

"On the basis of this stunningly impressive feature debut, [director Green] is set to become a Terrence Malick for the 21st century, reviving the values of artistry and reflectiveness in American indie cinema."

— Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

"Like Malick's 'Days of Heaven,' it is not about plot, but about memory and regret. It remembers a summer that was not a happy summer, but there will never again be a summer so intensely felt, so alive, so valuable."

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A picture about America with the blinders off, a film about heroism that makes you chuckle and feel sad - and a film about childhood that lets us reenter that lost world and see the grass, sky and sunlight the way they once looked, in the golden hours."

— Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune