Young Ones


2013, 100 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Water is running out. Land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. Not long from now, the hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm, played by Michael Shannon, lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome and Mary. He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary's boyfriend, Flem Lever, played by Nicholas Hoult, has grander designs. He wants Ernest's land for himself, and he means to get it.

Grounded by pitch-perfect performances, writer/director Jake Paltrow's sophomore effort reverently strips down genre tropes, inventively layering Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped in the values of the American West. With a visceral application of cinematic and theatrical shorthand, and a passionate storytelling sense, Young Ones quickly establishes a distinct, fully realized universe and never lets go.

Director: Jake Paltrow

Screenwriter: Jake Paltrow

Producers: Tristan Orpen Lynch, Michael Auret, Jake Paltrow

Executive Producers: Marina Fuentes Arredonda, Brian O'Shea, Jan Pace, James Atherton, Peter Garde, Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Nathan Johnson

Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens

Editor: Matt Mayer

Production Designer: Sharon Lomofsky

Composer: Nathan Johnson

Principal Cast: Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, Kodi Smit-McPhee

About the Director

Jake Paltrow lives with his wife and daughter in New York City. He most recently directed "Boardwalk Empire". He was first at Sundance in 1996 with his short film An Eviction Notice and most recently at the festival in 2007 with his first feature film The Good Night.


1/18/2014 9:45 pm
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 9:00 am
Eccles Theatre, Park City
1/19/2014 9:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/20/2014 4:30 pm
Redstone Cinema 7, Park City
1/25/2014 11:59 pm
Library Center Theatre, Park City