Joe McGovern
August 17, 2016 at 11:58 AM EDT

Who better than Bruce Springsteen to help give us a new peek at British filmmaker Andrea Arnold’s nearly three-hour journey down thunder road, American Honey.

Arnold, the 55-year-old director of Red Road, Fish Tank, and Wuthering Heights, wrote the film after a car ride from Los Angeles to Miami. She turned a lot of what she saw into a sprawling, dazzling, unexpectedly funny and poignant road movie, focusing on a young woman named Star (newcomer Sasha Lane) who joins a ragtag van full of all-American rejects who are selling magazines door to door. The movie costars Shia LaBeouf as the gang’s No. 1 salesman and Riley Keough as the crew boss — and the pair appear in one of the film’s oddest scenes, involving self-tanner cream and a Confederate flag bikini.

The film’s story is largely plotless, Arnold has said she was inspired by this 2007 New York Times article about youths working in magazine-selling crews.

And though the movie, which won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is sure to make in roads when it opens next month, it’s soundtrack will also likely have a vibrant life of its own. The film featuring songs by Rhianna and Calvin Harris (“We Found Love”), E-40 (“Choices (Yup)”), and Lady Antebellum (“American Honey,” of course) and Springsteen, who’s cover of “Dream Baby Dream” pops up both in the background and in the whispered dialogue of LaBeouf’s character at the beginning of the movie. 

 

Check out the new trailer above. American Honey opens in theaters on Sept. 30.

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