Rural Australia in the late nineteenth century: Capt. Stanley and his men capture two of the three Burns brothers, Charlie and Mike. Their gang is held responsible for attacking the Hopkins farm, raping pregnant Mrs. Hopkins and murdering the whole family. Arthur Burns, the eldest brother and the gang’s mastermind, remains at large has and has retreated to a mountain hideout. Capt. Stanley’s proposition to Charlie is to gain pardon and – more importantly – save his beloved younger brother Mike from the gallows by finding and killing Arthur within nine days. —IMDb
John Hillcoat (born 1961) is an Australian screenwriter and film director. Hillcoat was born in Queensland, Australia, and was raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. As a child, his paintings were featured in the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He has repeatedly worked with Nick Cave and also the band Depeche Mode. His film The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, and was released in the U.S. in November 2009. —Wikipedia
Easily one of my favorite genre pieces ever, and it's a subversive one. A majestic yet unnervingly brutal and disturbing western that sees played-out archetypes confronting long-suppressed guilt and shame amidst the ruins of their painfully forced, respective utopias. Never before have I seen the mythic landscape and set-up of the classic western characterized by such self-loathing and melancholy; "The Proposition" is black and dismal, but palpable as such, and supremely thoughtful in its examinations of violence and the lengths that men will go to when their spirits are in jeopardy.
The Road, John Hillcoat's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, has been knocked around
The Proposition est le troisième film de John Hillcoat, le monsieur de l’apocalyptique The Road. Ce qui découle de ce western aux allures atypiques est d’une coquille remarquablement belle, mais sonnant… read review
First there is an intense shoot-out at an isolated homestead in the middle of the desert. After the gunsmoke clears a burly lawman warily walks into the shattered cabin hoping to intimidate the bloodied… read review