Richard Gere, his sister, and his lover are itinerant laborers roaming the Midwest looking for work. They end up at a rich farmstead in the Texas panhandle owned by a doomed young man of means. He falls for Gere's ladylove and Gere talks her into trying the Milly Theale scenario. Lots of fantastic camera work and quirky observations by the young girl make this dark Faulknerian vision particularly interesting. When it tends to be overwhelmingly melodramatic, it tends to be so beautifully and without apology.
I've enjoyed all the Malicks I've seen, and have watched Badlands five or six times. But am I ready for:
The preview sucked...