Ain't Them Bodies Saints
USA, 2013, 105 Minute Running Time
ENDING Thursday September 5th at the Sie FilmCenter
Brought to life with exquisite detail and rich cinematography by Bradford Young (winner of the US Dramatic Cinematography Award at Sundance), the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime. After his pregnant wife (Rooney Mara) makes one false move during a bloody shootout, a bank robber (Casey Affleck) faces a 25-year sentence that destroys his dreams of a family life. Shot through with the yearning and melancholy of a folk ballad, David Lowery’s directorial breakthrough—one of the most acclaimed films at Sundance and a special Critics’ Week selection at Cannes—extends the Bonnie and Clyde tradition with its breathtaking meditation on the fragility and transience of love.
"Bowing at Sundance, David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” landed with the excitement of a bold new voice, and yet, there’s also something undeniably old-fashioned in his approach, suggesting a lost artifact freshly unearthed from the 1970s, or the origin story behind a half-forgotten folk ballad about criminal lovers whom prison couldn’t keep apart. Slow as molasses but every bit as rich, Lowery’s gorgeously shot third feature (following two tiny indies) may be too lyrical for mainstream expectations, though strong reviews and a star cast should make this romantic deconstruction of classic outlaw pictures a powerful indie player..."
Senior Film Critic - Variety
Read the complete Variety review at Variety.com
DIRECTOR: David Lowery
Principal Cast: Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine
US Distributor: IFC Films