House of America

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Time Out says

In an isolated prairie-style house built from corrugated iron, the Lewis family - mad mam (Phillips), teenage dreamers Sid and Gwenny (Mackintosh and Palfrey), and their down-to-earth young brother Boyo (Rhys, sympathetic) - struggle to cope with the void left by their absent husband/father who 15 years before traded the green green grass of South Wales for the wide open spaces of America. More like an overwrought Sam Shepard psycho-drama than a downbeat study of doleful teenagers, this adapted play (by Edward Thomas) eschews miserabilism in favour of a poetic celebration of naive teen dreams about burning bright and dying young. With no local heroes to call their own, the Harley-riding Sid and Gwenny lose themselves in a drink and drug-fuelled fantasy of the American Dream derived from Kerouac's On the Road. The bleached photography and Welsh-dominated soundtrack adds notable texture to an ambitious debut.
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Release details

UK release:

1996

Duration:

96 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Marc Evans

Cast:

Richard Harrington, Lisa Palfrey, Steven Mackintosh, Matthew Rhys, Siân Phillips, Pascal Laurent

Music:

John Cale

Production Designer:

Mark Tildesley

Editor:

Michiel Reichwein

Cinematography:

Pierre Aim

Screenwriter:

Edward Thomas

Producer:

Sheryl Crown

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Rhian and james

Well, we watched this film in film studies in college, it was very depressing and boring, i actually fell asleep. i dont know why they bothered maaking such a crappy movie. gwenny was ugly and that sid boy was a freak. this film sucks ass. i would not recommend it at all, dont waste your time. and wales isnt just mountains. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx