Sometimes questions don’t have new answers, and memories are flashes of silver at the water’s surface, diving down like fish to the murky deep just as suddenly as they appear. Jess + Moss travels this nebulous territory during one hot Kentucky summer, as an 18-year old girl and a 12-year old boy run through tobacco fields waiting for something to happen.
Clay Jeter’s remarkable first feature is an experimental, stream-of-consciousness series of vignettes exploring memory, companionship, and sexual awakening. Inventive use of sound and lush, impressionistic cinematography beckon the audience into a world of winding Appalachian dirt roads, flushed cheeks, voices on tape, and a mysterious crumbling house with hints of something darker lurking underneath. What we are left with, more epic poem than feature film, will stay with us for as long as we can remember the smell of grass.
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