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 (SHANNON) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (SMIT-MCPHEE)and Mary (FANNING). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever (HOULT), has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and will go to any length to get it.

From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that's steeped deeply in the values of the American West. (credit L.Z. - Sundance Institute)




"Expertly performed and extremely stylish, Young Ones couldn't be further from Cowboys Vs Aliens, and could well set a new generation searching out John Ford and Sergio Leone."
"Jake Paltrow's Young Ones is easily one of the most ambitious films to be unveiled at this year's Sundance Film Festival. It takes a page not only from post-apocalyptic actioners like Mad Max, but also Dust-Bowl era literature and films - especially John Ford's big-screen adaptation of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath -all mixed in with a certain punk rock aesthetic and Tarantino-style chapter breaks."
Chris Bumbrey, JOBLO
"Amongst the many films vying for attention in a busy festival schedule, it's one I'm still thinking about, chewing on and lingering in my head"
Rodrigo Perez, INDIEWIRE
"Those intimate shots, paired with vast panoramas of barren wasteland make Young Ones a haunting visual experience. And the performances by Shannon and a talented cast of young actors push this film towards greatness: tragic greatness."
Anthony Marcusa, WE GOT THIS COVERED


  • 0 Award Nominations
  • 2 Award Wins