A sleek,mesmerizing, second film by British director Bart Layton, this is a visual tour de force recounting a true story on several levels, replaying the events in all their details using actors and shooting the whole thing as a real-life thriller, adding at the same time present reactions of the four protagonists' parents and of the real protagonists themselves, looking back at their past folly. Back in 2003, four young men, bored and frustrated with their lives in a small Kentucky town, attempted one of the most audacious heists in US history. The cleverly woven script, partly fiction recreating real events and partly documentary, and precise directing by writer/director Bart Layton, take you on an improbable journey of this true event. This is one of the most original films to come out of America in the course of last year.
BART LAYTON is a British director whose first film, The Imposter, about a Frenchman claiming to be a missing Texas teenager, won a British Film Academy Award (BAFTA) for Outstanding Writer, Director and Producer of the year in 2013. The son of a painter and theater director, Layton started as a documentary director; he found the original true story which became American Animals in a magazine. Layton is the creative director of RAW, one the most successful production houses in the UK and has been responsible for developing much of the company's output.