Potato Dreams of America
Thu Nov 11, 18:30
Film, Barbican Cinema, £13.5
Writer / director Wes Hurley's autobiographical dark comedy begins life in a beautifully staged and lit USSR. The young Potato and his single mum Lena, are struggling to survive during the turbulent years of Perestroika. Whilst living under conditions of poverty, violence and state control, Lena and Potato escape through a fantasy world of pirated American movies.
But soon the movies are not enough and Elena, desperate to keep her son out of the Russian Army, decides to become a mail order bride and the pair escapes to America. The story takes us through many twists and turns, as the young potato comes of age in the not-so-free USA, Where he discovers immigrant life in the west can be equally surreal and challenging.
Beautifully made and containing ingenious cameos from Aaron Samuels (as a campy Jesus) and Lea Delaria, the surreal comedy moments in this unique story create a both charming and gripping film.
POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA | dir. Wes Hurley | USA 2021 | 136'
CW: domestic abuse, murder in prison, homophobic and antisemitic slurs/bullying
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