American Fable (2016)

For this movie–which, on the surface may seem inconsistent– its apt title is key to managing expectations. While there’s not much difference between a fairy tale and a fable, this particular story happens to revolve around a particular incident experienced by a young girl but there’s no magical fairies or romance so speak of, royal or otherwise. To attempt to categorize it by a singular scene would only undermine its darkly fantastical/ enigmatic elements, thus reducing it to a meandering by-product of either a Boy Scouts’ campfire collaboration or the summary of someone’s choose-your-own-adventure book. It deserves consideration as an imaginative story that’s completely rooted in the present rather than a re-imagined folktale adapted for a modern context.

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