Starring: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara! Ben Foster, Keith Carradine
Directed by: David Lowery
Synopsis: The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
This film is so Americana that Rooney Mara’s character’s surname is Guthrie. It is full of southern twang, lens flare, slow walks through wheat fields and Casey Affleck mumbling. And I thought it was really good!
Affleck’s inability to communicate properly aside, and this was quite a beautiful film to look at. People have mentioned Terrence Malick, and there is more than a little Badlands in this.
Basically, Affleck and Mara are partners. After a crime goes wrong they are involved in a shoot out in which a policeman (Foster) is shot in the shoulder, by Mara. Affleck takes the blame. A few years later, Mara is bringing up their daughter, and getting cosy with Foster.
The performances are really good, Foster and Mara particularly. Affleck as the convict, although I mocked earlier, is good as well.
It’s a subtle sort of story, with only the odd moment of drama, but I’m more than happy to watch those kinds of films if they look this good, and the actors perform this well. I don’t think the film will be for everyone, it’s certainly not a mainstream offering, but it’s up there as one of my favourites of the year I think.