director (and sometimes, though not here, editor and cinematograp-her) David Lowery (shown at left), who has made a passel of shorts, the filmmaker seems bent on exploring and finding a truly different way to tell a story. His movie is tough-going and asks a lot of the audience because it gives us so little of the kind of exposition and explanation we're used to. Yet if you stick with it, the film grows in power. And, yes, there is indeed quite a payoff.
Bernie or Tales from Dell City). No -- this is the land of louts and the like, where the social contract can most often and quickly be found at the end of a gun. Bodies/Saints is also, and most peculiarly, a love story. It begins with a declaration of love, above (which must then be proven throughout the remainder of the film) and a simultaneous arrest.
The Assassination of Jesse James... and The Killer Inside Me, but to a very different purpose, while Ms Mara (above and below) uses her ability to make "quiet" seem remarkably rich and foreboding to create a character whom is actually quite simple. We keep trying to give her more reasons and/or abilities, but no -- her Ruth is as single-minded and obsessive as is her man. These characters don't seem to be particularly bright, but they sure are focused.
Ben Foster, below) who has been there all the while, since that initial arrest, biding his time, pining unrequitedly for Ruth and finally, providing everything a man can -- except the sex -- to no avail. Mr. Foster, in an unusually passive role, is fine but doesn't register as strongly as he often does. No one can complete nor outdo these two lovers in the movie's imagination.
Nate Parker) shines brighter than the rest, that may be because he has a little light shed on him now and then.
IFC Films and running maybe just a little long at 105 minutes, opens this Friday, August 16, in New York City at the IFC Center and the Walter Reade in Los Angeles at The Landmark Elsewhere? Yes, in around 25 cities over the next few weeks. In any case, it begins its VOD run in just one week on Friday, August 23.