Ain't Them Bodies Saints [Blu-ray]
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Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and his wife/girlfriend Ruthie Guthrie (Rooney Mara) and their kin Freddy (Kentucker Audley) have been `raised' by a man named Skerritt (Keith Carradine) and are bank robbers. In their latest attempt Freddy is killed and Ruthie shoots at and wounds Sheriff Patrick Wheeler (Ben Foster), but to protect his pregnant wife Bob takes the blame and is sent to prison for four years. Bob writes Ruth daily and longs to be reunited with her and their new daughter Sylvie and escapes the prison by cajoling a guard. Escaping means walking and hitchhiking with a young lad named Will (another impressive turn for Rami Malek). Bob finds a Gilead with Sweetie (Nate Parker) but is determined despite the odds to walk his way back to Ruthie as he had promised. Ruthie meanwhile is making do, raising Sylvie on her own, has been given a house by Skerritt, and is courted by the Sheriff she shot (he does not know that the shooter was Ruthie). There is as much silence in the film as there is dialogue, the characters meditating on the fragility of love and the sense of unpredictable fate. The ending is deeply moving.
Bradford Young provides the hypnotic cinematography, allowing the story to unfold gradually (if a bit too long under Lowery's direction). The musical score by Daniel Hart adds enormously to the overall mood of this film.Read more ›
The opening frames to `Ain't Them Bodies Saints' shows two sun-kissed lovers, Ruth and Bob, as they have an unidentified argument and Ruth threatens leaving. Bob offers to walk her to her mothers, since it is too far for her to walk on her own. In his playful, pleading, loving manner he wins her back without much of a fight and she falls into his arms, pretending to struggle yet you know that she is more than willing to take him back and forget this ever happened.
Besides, she's pregnant.
Thus starts with beautiful and haunting tale of love in the midst of adversity, some self-made and others heaped upon you by forces unknown. In the next few minutes their life spirals out of control in small vignettes that give us just enough information to keep the focus of this film clear. Circumstances surrounding a lot of what happens is left open-ended, ambiguous and detail-light. This way we continue to set our sights on the important things; like Ruth and Bob's relationship. A botched `job' sends Ruth, Bob and their semi-adopted brother into hiding in the home Bob and Ruth share. As police fire rings overhead, the three try and work out a gameplan, but shots are exchanged, death corrodes the atmosphere and both Ruth and Bob are taken into custody.
This is where the guts of the film come to bare their soul.
Bob is taken to prison, while Ruth is let off to raise her daughter on her own.Read more ›
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and/or characters. If you’re the type of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I’d encourage you to skip down to the last three paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you’re accepting of a few modest hints at ‘things to come,’ then read on …)
Bob Muldoon (played by critical darling Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara) are one part lovers and two parts felon. Their love can’t quite survive a shoot-out in the hills of Texas, but when Ruth shoots local officer Patrick Wheeler (the always appreciated Ben Foster) in the crossfire, Bob steps up and does what he sees as noble: he takes the blame, and he’s sentenced to 25 years for the deed. As time goes by, Ruth gives birth to Bob’s daughter – Sylvie (Jacklynn Smith) – and Bob breaks out of prison, bound and determined to be reunited with his family. But can their love survive in a landscape that only sees them as criminals?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although the acting was fairly ok, it moved way too slow for my taste. Also, Ben Foster is way to good an actor to play a boring hick.Published 5 months ago by nk/NIN
I saw this movie on Netflix not too long ago and bought it on Amazon for the special features as I mostly try to limit my viewing to festival or art house films. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Meadow73
The title is pretentiously cute and it goes downhill from there. Mopey, dysfunctional people commit crimes and then we are supposed to care about them because they are in love. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Promise
Was pleasantly surprised just how good Rooney and Casey were together.Published 20 months ago by Crawdaddy
I was deeply affected by this poignant, wonderful film - beautifully written and directed, with outstanding performances by all.Published 20 months ago by goth chick