Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is an upcoming drama starring Rooney Mara (The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Casey Affleck and Ben Foster. This new film is a tale about Bob Muldoon (Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Mara), outlaws who were on the run when the crimes they committed caugh up with them. After a shootout with the police and an officer critically wounded by Ruth, Bob claimed responsibility for it and received a prison sentence. After that, he finds out that Ruth gave birth to their daughter and this makes him decide to escape prison to be with his family. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints won the Cinematography Award in the U.S. Dramatic Category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Check out an early review for this film below:
“An Exceptionally Beautiful Film – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
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.
Opening with a Terrence Malick-indebted reverie, in which Texas hooligans Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) drift through tall grass while mumbling their dreams to one another, the film revels in their naive young passion as long as possible, withholding its curious title (stolen from a country song) a full 11 minutes before skipping forward to face the consequences. Unlike the Old West legends who went down in a blaze of glory, the central couple has the good sense to lay down their weapons after shooting a cop. (Their accomplice isn’t so lucky, taking a fatal bullet in the standoff at an abandoned farmhouse.)
Though his g.f. pulled the trigger, Bob takes the blame, receiving word mere months into his 25-year prison sentence that he’s the father of a baby girl.From that point forward, Lowery puts “Badlands” aside and strikes out on his own, constructing a low-key love triangle in which Ruth must choose between her baby daddy and handsome sheriff Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster) — the same man she wounded four years earlier.
Both men are chivalrous in their respective ways: Bob for going to prison in her place, and Patrick for regularly checking in on Ruth and her daughter Sylvie (twins Kennadie and Jacklynn Smith), now just shy of 4. Solemnly embracing her single-motherhood, Ruth refuses to visit Bob in prison, but hasn’t managed to move on. Meanwhile, Bob has tried to escape five times, and yet, even he must realize Sylvie’s arrival makes it impossible to pick up where the couple left off.”
The rest of the review can be read at Variety by clicking this link.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is written and directed by David Lowery and is scheduled to be released in cinemas on August 16th 2013.
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