Arcadia is an indie drama about a father taking his kids across country to move to California.
The story mostly revolves around Greta, the young teenage daughter who doesn’t quite understand what’s going on between her parents. It seems the parents are going through a divorce and there’s a degree of bitterness there. The mom isn’t along for the ride and it’s possible the father is kidnapping the kids, but more likely is he’s just trying to protect his kids’ innocence and not tell them about the bad stuff going on in the family.
Oliver Silver is both the writer and director of Arcadia. He’s mostly been an assistant director up till now, but he’s coming along and now has the phenomenal John Hawkes in his film. Hawkes, BTW, has already been getting some attention for yet another great performance.
Arcadia Release Date
Who’s In It?
Ryan Simpkins … Greta
John Hawkes … Tom
Kendall Toole … Caroline
Ty Simpkins … Nat
Julia Campbell … Mrs. Acres
Chris Fogleman … Cashier
James C. Gentry … Police Officer #2
Darin Heames … Vic
Drew Koles … Evan
Mike Lutgen … Sleezy Guy
Franklin Ruehl … Motel Clerk
Myk Watford … Officer Allen
Laci Kay … Girl on Picnic Table (uncredited)
What’s Good About It?
Just from the trailer you can tell there are some great performances in Arcadia, especially from John Hawkes. A story of a family breaking up from the point of view of a kid could be okay, especially if there’s a lot of reality to the performances.
What’s Bad About It?
I don’t know about the lead girl playing Greta. She doesn’t seem to be on par with Hawkes and may drag the film down.
Our Clever Prediction
Arcadia isn’t the type of film that makes a boatload of money, though it has potential. It’s already winning awards, so I’m thinking it’ll do well enough, especially considering it was likely made on a shoestring budget.