Director: Deb Shoval

Country: USA

Runtime: 85 min

Rating: 14A

Festival year: 2016


Joey (Lola Kirke) is a bright young woman living in a small town. When her mom suggests that she join the army, Joey agrees. It turns out that the military life suits her quite well…that is, until she meets Rayna (Breeda Wool).

Directed by Deb Shoval (who originally directed a short of the same name), AWOL deftly captures the rural Pennsylvania landscape and delves sensitively into its characters’ conflicts. Fresh off starring roles in productions such as Mistress America and Mozart in the Jungle, Kirke gives Joey an understated thoughtfulness. Like many young people, Joey has to decide whether or not to leave the only place she’s ever called home, and who she’s going to take with her.

A Tribeca Film Festival nominee for best narrative feature, this film is guaranteed to pull at your heartstrings. AWOL marks Kirke as one of the next stars of her generation.

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