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Kit Carruthers, a young garbage collector and his girlfriend Holly Sargis from Fort Dupree, South Dakota, are on the run after killing Holly’s father who disagreed with their relationship. On their way towards the Badlands of Montana they leave a trail of dispassionate and seemingly random murders.
A very intriguing narrative without judgements, and lacking the usually sensational approach of this genre. Very good acting and directing, and beautiful photography. Directed by Terence Malick.
The script was based upon the true story of the Charles Starkweather and Caril-Ann Fugate murders in 1958.
“Badlands” is incredibly understated and low-key, as detached as the characters portrayed. Director Terrence Malick conveys a simple, uninvolved story, packaged in a film that makes no effort to communicate either symbolism or thematic depth. Nor does the film render judgments about the characters or events. It’s an approach that probably wouldn’t work today. But it is effective, and through the years the film has gradually become more respected as an excellent character study of 1950′s teen rebels without a cause.