I get the feeling this movie isn’t going to end well for any of the characters. I could be wrong, of course, but this has “doomed” written all over it. If you just saw the first few seconds of David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saint” (try saying that out loud three times real fast), you’d think this was a Terrence Malick film. That’s exactly how Malick shoots his movies. But nope, it’s actually from writer/director Lowery, and did I mention this thing has “doomed” written all over it? Oh boy.
Nevertheless, it looks damn good. In a doomed, depressing (but oh so beautiful) sort of way.
Bob Muldoon and Ruth Guthrie, an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration. Set against the backdrop of 1970’s Texas Hill Country, director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss.
Starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine, and Nate Parker.
IFC Films opens the movie this August 16th.