Texas, 1970s. Outlaw lovers Bob and Ruth are captured after an unsuccessful robbery attempt. Bob takes the blame for the shooting of a police officer, and goes to prison. Four years later, he manages to escape to reunite with Ruth, who has given birth to a daughter while he was in jail.
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David Lowery loves a slow and emotionally powerful story. Mara and Affleck again star in this Lowery drama, but here they are very different characters... and Affleck doesn't wear a sheet for the whole film.
It's a slowly ebbing character piece with some powerful performances by all. Great work all around and there never seems to be a false note on display.
Lowery once again shows mastery of mood and tone.
"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" worships Terry Malick to a somewhat distracting degree, even if it does succeed in emulating the auteur's signature style. But it's the performances and characters in "Saints" that win you over, in any case -- Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in particular are sublime, with solid supporting work from the compulsively watchable Keith Carradine.
Points for the beautiful, dusty cinematography, the wonderful pace, good performances, and a perfect soundtrack. But no points for the familiar story or its execution, as Lowery makes no attempt to do anything fresh with the material. Not to mention the one-dimensional portrayal of Texas (even stranger seeing Lowery is a Dallas boy). The title is far too ambiguous, and irritating, but that's not a focus by any means.
Quite wonderful character piece that seems derivative of Malick at times but finds its own voice as it goes on. Lowery is one to watch but the film sings due to the wonderful trio of lead performances by Mara, Affleck and Foster with a winning supporting turn from Carradine. The story isn't novel but the films' pacing and performance make it one to remember. Wonderfully shot and edited with a fitting soundtrack.
A simple drama with a lot of emotional weight in it. The performances were both lovely, I could just watch Casey Affleck (and his voice) on screen forever and Mara gives a career best performance. The opening scene and the birth montage toward the beginning gave me chills along with that astounding score. The ending was also very effective. Perhaps not the most original film of 2013, but a damn fine one at that.
Tender, nostalgic, beautifully shot and scored, this movie has a rather simple plot but it does make you care for the gracious Ruth - Rooney Mara is impeccable - and her adorable daughter.
While the final act felt a little anticlimactic, it was still sad and a bit emotional to see how this love story was simply not meant to be. It made me interested in seeing what Lowery will do next.