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About the Movie
Lola Kirke (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE, MISTRESS AMERICA) shines as Joey, an aimless high school graduate searching for a way out of Pennsylvania coal country. A visit to an Army recruiting office appears to provide a path. However, a chance encounter with magnetic Rayna (UNREAL’s Breeda Wool), a slyly seductive housewife and mother neglected by her long-haul trucker husband, changes Joey’s trajectory irrevocably. As Joey falls more in love with Rayna, clouded judgment leads her down a path she can’t turn back from. With powerful performances from Kirke and Wool, director Deb Shoval’s feature film debut is a splendid and brooding meditation on the boundless possibilities of first love constricted by the trials of rural poverty.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 7
- Fresh: 7
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "AWOL" holds attention with its strong lead performances, nicely etched support turns, and nuanced portrait of a downwardly mobile "heartland" Caucasian America too seldom portrayed in movies given the large chunk of the populace it encompasses.
Fresh: Shoval ... captures the blind recklessness of first love, in a lesbian love story that's only partially about the characters' queerness.
This movie never had a dull moment. The depictions of rural Pennsylvania seemed accurate. It does show how poverty keeps seeping in on dreams and ambition and narrowing opportunities.The ending was a surprise.
This is my new favorite movie. A spectacular and honest love story without a trace of cliche. This is a celebration of women. Lola Kirke is phenomenal, as well as the director. I'd highly recommend this film. ❤️❤️
Authentic queer love story
Absolutely loved this real-feeling story about small town, queer experience. Do not miss it!