ARCADIA

Directed by Olivia Silver
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ARCADIA DVD & Online Streaming
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Mallory Jacobs (non-theatrical requests)
email / 212-941-7744 ext. 205
Maxwell Wolkin (library requests)
email / 212-941-7744 ext. 211
In-home viewers, can purchase here.
"Ms. Silver's ability to...catch those moments between innocence and knowing, childhood and adulthood, unforgiving and forgiving, makes her someone to watch."
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"...a nicely-honed sense of poignancy...Silver's sensitively written and directed scenario make Arcadia feel fresh..."
– Christopher Bourne, TwitchFilm.com
"An atmospheric, sun-soaked road trip!"
– EW.com

Synopsis

A coming-of-age story set in a vast, cross-country landscape, Arcadia begins when twelve-year-old Greta's dad Tom (Academy Award nominated actor John Hawkes) wakes her up before dawn and crams her and her two siblings into a dented station wagon. They set off on a 3,000 mile journey from the New England woods to the California desert. On the way, Tom tells enchanting stories, paints pictures of a California paradise, and assures the kids that Mom will soon join them. Greta believes him at first, mesmerized by the strange new scenery and clinging to her stuffed bunny Harrison. Older sister Caroline nonchalantly accepts his stories, more focused on the boyfriend she's leaving behind. And nine-year-old Nat, too young to suspect a thing, is eager to see the epic Grand Canyon. But Tom's mood shifts as often as the landscape outside their window, and the kids soon find themselves in increasingly unpleasant and even dangerous situations. Mom's presence seems to recede further with every mile they travel.

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FAMILIA
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OFF WHITE LIES
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Customer Reviews


Lisa - Customer Review
I loved this movie. There is one shot in particular that I still carry with me to this day - it's just so stunning! Worth checking out when you can!


McGee - Customer Review
This is American independent cinema at it's finest - a superbly written and directed film that takes you into a world in all it's intimacy and truth. It's a simple story - as the best always are - and from the opening scenes to the finale, it builds in tension and breadth, so that you feel wrapped up in the lives of these characters on their great cross-country road trip. One of John Hawkes' best performances, and the kids have equal presence. No matter what age you are or where you're from, this story connects. Highly recommended.


geoff - Customer Review
A great film. Heartfelt and touching, this really moved me. A family comes apart, told through the eyes of a girl (on the brink of womanhood). Good performances all round, has the feeling of truth throughout. Watch it!


Jeff in Seattle - Customer Review
A good film showing a transition in a family life, but there's a bit of a mystery. Wheres mom? A road trip with a side trip to the Grand Canyon National Park seems to be the latest rage in American independent film these days, but don't let that stop you from seein gem of a film.

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Nat (Ty Simpkins) and Greta (Ryan Simpkins) in ARCADIA
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Nat (Ty Simpkins) and Greta (Ryan Simpkins) and Tom (John Hawkes) in ARCADIA
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Greta (Ryan Simpkins) in ARCADIA
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Greta (Ryan Simpkins), Nat (Ty Simpkins) and Tom (John Hawkes) in ARCADIA
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