Screen Media Films has released the Young Ones trailer online. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land. This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and Flem Lever, a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning). I caught Young Ones at Sundance, and it was one of the most frustrating movies I’ve seen in some time. Taken at its individual elements—visuals, performances, structure—it’s incredible. But these parts never built to an emotional impact for me, and it was a struggle to figure out why. I hope other viewers have more of a connection with the picture. At the very least, it’s a worthwhile curiosity.
Hit the jump to check out the Young Ones trailer and poster. The film opens October 17th and also stars Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Trailer via The Playlist.
Here’s the official synopsis for Young Ones:
YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.
Poster via EW.