Badlands (1973)

A young Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek bring young love to a disturbing end. This early Terrence Malick takes a first person look at violence in America.

Somewhat well adjusted teen, Holly, is swept off her feet by the fast talking loner hunk, Kit. When Holly's dad objects to their relationship, Kit steps up and shoots him taking Holly on a whirlwind run from the law.

Despite the brutality involved, Badlands is a beautiful film as the narration by an innocent Holly describes the events and feelings involved. The blending of nature photography with sequences of Kit and Holly striving for what they understand love to be demonstrates the powerful disconnect between selfishness and love. It also studies the close relationship of social acceptance of violence and the social expectations for romantic relationships back in the 1950's.


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