Directed by Josh Safdie and Benny Safdie • 2014 • United States, France
Starring Arielle Holmes, Caleb Landry Jones, Eléonore Hendricks
Perhaps the most unrelentingly intense (and that’s saying something) work from directors Josh and Benny Safdie thus far, this uncompromising portrait of heroin addiction on the streets of New York City pulses with live-wire authenticity thanks to star Arielle Holmes, whose own memoirs inspired the film. In a fearlessly raw performance, she plays her former self, a homeless heroin addict named Harley living, barely, for two things: getting high, and the love of her junkie boyfriend Ilya (Caleb Landry Jones). When Ilya demands Harley make the ultimate sacrifice, the pair are launched on a blistering odyssey of self-destruction.