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821 Ratings

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Directed by David Lowery
United States, 2013


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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Ain't Them Bodies Saints Directed by David Lowery

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: Dramatic (Cinematography Award)

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2013 | Nominee: Best Original Score or Soundtrack

National Board of Review

2013 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

Shot by rising-star indie DP Bradford Young (Pariah) with a pastoral glow, cut with impressive clarity among the various plot strands by Craig McKay and Jane Rizzo, and scored by Daniel Hart with an atmospheric juxtaposition of drone and handclaps that provides a nervous undercurrent, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints has the feel of a modern-day Western, with some of the same pleasure in seeing familiar situations play out with subtle variations and renewed conviction…
September 12, 2013
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…The movie that Lowery constructs with the sensibilities of a musician and poet… wants them together, even if that may result in liebestod. It’s this tension that makes “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” such a rich experience; it’s a rare movie that contains the space for pure poetics… but made with acute love of its characters, their emotional realities made physical by the hard, beautiful world around them. A great writer-director is born.
August 17, 2013
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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" is also a work of graceful modernity, with aesthetic complexity delivered in a ballad-like flow… The movie has the awesome historical feel of a classic Western (the name Patrick Wheeler is even borrowed from Howard Hawks’s “Rio Bravo”) but its deep vulnerability is closer in tone to that of another Texan melodrama, Vincente Minnelli’s "Home from the Hill.
August 16, 2013
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