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807 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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Writer-director David Lowery strains for poetry at every turn, and only the strain registers. The mannered dialogue sounds like the work of an undergrad creative writing major who’s just discovered southern gothic literature, and the lugubrious, “dreamlike” pacing feels like a smoke screen for a lack of narrative incident.
August 30, 2013
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An accomplished editor as well, Lowery cut together Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, giving it a sense of forward momentum and impending fate that helped transcend its bedazzling narrative. The same filmmaking sensibility can be found here in the slow crawl of a Texas town moving away from the mythos of the Wild West and toward something sublime.
August 27, 2013
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