American Fable

When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her father, Abe, a good and beloved farmer, is holding a wealthy man hostage in their abandoned silo in order to save their suffering farm, she befriends the captive in secret. As the truth unfolds about who he is and what will happen if he escapes, Gitty chooses to confront the thin line between reality and fiction.


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  • ★★★★ review by karen h. on Letterboxd

    To quote Alan Scherstuhl, "The movies never get the Midwest right," but boy, does American Fable nail it. Maybe the only recent movie that does outside of Jeff Nichols' work.

    Thought a lot of my own experience growing up in Illinois even as things took a turn for the fantastical. The details are more special than the broader strokes, though, i.e. the wordless sequence of kids catching fireflies at night, or the way cotton candy goes dark while you're eating it.

  • ★★★★ review by Tasha Robinson on Letterboxd

    Spooky, sad, and beautifully shot. A modern-day fairy tale that isn't quite in this world and isn't quite in a fantasy world. Reminiscent of Guillermo del Toro, with just the slightest touch of a less anarchic Terry Gilliam. But the director has worked with Terrence Malick, and the sunny, idealized landscapes and practical wonder of childhood feel very much like his work too.

  • ★★★★ review by Chris Genro on Letterboxd

    What a beautiful looking film that really is such a sight to behold. There are some amazing shots here that I could just sit and stare at. This film really is a slow build but it really gets going in the second half.

    The poster and marketing I've seen portray this as somewhat of a fantasy film but these elements are only sprinkled sporadically throughout. This is much more of a drama which some suspense elements in the final act.

    What we get here is a coming of age story of a young girl. The choices she makes despite the desperate circumstances her family is facing shows that sticking to your values and doing the right thing has its rewards. Easy 4/5 stars and this will definitely need a rewatch.

  • ★★★★ review by jackieburkhart on Letterboxd

    Martin looked like a young Ansel Elgort with a broken face

  • ★★★★½ review by Andrew Cochran on Letterboxd

    Held up very well. I might see this again if it makes its way to theaters. This word gets thrown around a lot, but AMERICAN FABLE is very Malickian.

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