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Art House, Drama - Romantic

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (2013)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Director David Lowery
Writers/Script David Lowery
Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine
Elevator Pitch When a couple are chased down by the police after taking part in a robbery in Texas, the female shoots and wounds a policeman for which her partner takes the fall. Later he escapes from prison and returns to his hometown and his girlfriend who, in the years he has been away, has given birth to and brought up their daughter, and who now seems to be developing a relationship with the policeman who she had shot. When a trio of bounty hunters appear in the town things come to a head.
Content The robbery takes pace, followed by a gunfight centred around a partially constructed house. The policeman visits the young mother; the escaped prisoner visits the hardwear store and lurks about in the town and finally the bounty hunters appear and mayhem ensues. It is dark for a lot of the time. There is drinking; no nudity but a bit of cuddling.
A View The title suggest to us that this is really arthouse and it is. Apparently the cast made up the dialogue as they went along which explains why they are mumbling all the time. To determine what is going on you have to watch it pretty carefully, and probably it’s not worth it.
Additional Info David Lowery was later to direct the two stars in A Ghost Story reviewed on this site. Check it out here. The movie cost $4 million to make and garnered a minimal $1 million at the box ofice. Not a hit then.

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