In a trailer deposited in an unkempt pastoral glade, a woman who used to be on her high school tennis team beats her boyfriend senseless once a week. Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl finds accidental elucidation; the sort of awakening that makes her wonder if that guy next door is, in fact, the guy she thinks it is. On the other side of the tracks, over posh beards, Kobe beef steaks and manicured gardens go hand in hand, a man of privilege has an epiphany that leads to a contusion and a revelation. Told in three subtly related segments, ANYWHERE USA is a du jour portrait of one man's America inspired by the director's own experiences as both foreigner and citizen. Exploring passive racism, geo-political vagaries, good intentions, faith and disappointment, this deeply personal film manages to tread the lines between vulgar and humane, between absurd and tender. Part satire, part tragedy, part masterpiece theatre gone awry, ANYWHERE USA is a comedy of manners that defies gravity.
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