In PRINCE AVALANCHE, American filmmaker David Gordon Green exhibits his mastery for infusing poignant character study with comedic insight through subtle shifts in tone, incisive dialogue, and a profound appreciation for place. Set to the haunting backdrop of a barren expanse of burnt-out Texas wildernessa' whose melancholic beauty is accentuated with the music of the rock band Explosions in the Sky and collaborator David Wingoas stunning score as well as Tim Orr's sweeping cinematographya'PRINCE AVALANCHE bucks convention by exploring male bonding in a refreshingly genuine--and often absurdist--way. An odd couple of sorts, Alvin (Paul Rudd), meditative and stern, and his girlfriendas brother Lance (Emile Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As the two begin their gradual journey across the landscape, swapping stories and butting heads, what unfolds is an unexpectedly humorous yet moving examination of an unlikely friendship that reveals distinct approaches to finding one's way in life. Adapted from EITHER WAY, an Icelandic film, PRINCE AVALANCHE is driven by strong performances by the two male leads.
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