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American Woman (2019)




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After successfully enacting a violent plot against the United States government, Jenny Shimada (Hong Chau), a young ex-radical, relies on her off-the-grid expertise to safeguard three runaways. She is particularly drawn to Pauline (Sarah Gadon), who notoriously adopted the revolutionary ideology of her kidnappers. With her debut feature-length film, director Semi Chellas reimagines Susan Choi's novel of the same name to delve into the minds of young, progressive thinkers.

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Sarah Gadon
as Pauline
Lola Kirke
as Yvonne
Ellen Burstyn
as Miss Dolly
David Cubitt
as Agent John Spivey
David Tompa
as Fingerprinter
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Critic Reviews for American Woman

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Writer/director Semi Chellas, making her feature debut... [is]'s not afraid to whisper big questions, to make space for small, beautiful moments (pelicans!), or to keep things quietly tense. Because even a slow simmer eventually boils over.

September 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is lively and detailed enough so it is never boring, but it never takes off dramatically or realizes its intriguing possibilities either.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

"American Woman" tries to give us a fresh angle on a familiar subject, but the film is listless and desultory.

April 30, 2019 | Full Review…

There are inklings of a biting story here about class, gender, and race, but the film's attempts to invoke these discourses through the lens of the 1970s feel thin and phony.

September 7, 2019 | Full Review…

What American Woman lacks... is a script that allows any of this to grow and breathe into something stimulating or satisfying.

September 4, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

American Woman is as nondescript and invisible as its in-hiding subjects try and appear to the public.

May 8, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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