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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Imagine that Japanese-tourist segment from Jim Jarmusch's Mystery Train---minus the Elvis fixations and deadpan hispterism---stretched to feature length, and you'd have something like Mike Ott's fish-out-of-water feature. Vacationing siblings Atsuko (Okasuka) and Rintaro (Sawamoto) are stranded in the titular Arkansas town when their rental car breaks down. Though she doesn't speak English, Atsuko sticks around after her brother hits the road---much to the delight of potential suitor Cory (Zacharia), the most obnoxious person in the U.S. of A. The ugly Americanism gets piled on thick---racists, dickwads and ignoramuses, oh my!---but there's a melancholy to this indie's cross-cultural explorations and communication breakdowns that compensates for the broader swipes.

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