Ain't Them Bodies Saints Sunday, 29 March 2020

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Violence and infrequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Love is estranged.

  • Starring:

    Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Keith Carradine, Nate Parker, Charles Baker, Kentucker Audley, Kennadie Smith, Jacklynn Smith

  • Directed by:

    David Lowery

  • Running time:

    96 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, shot at, wrestled, tackled, threatened at gunpoint, car-jacked. A police officer is wounded in a shootout. Train-hopping, damaged objects, broken glass. Prison escapees, deer hunting mentioned. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: Corpses. Blood spray, bloody clothing, bloody hands, blood on ground.


    Kissing, caressing. Loose-fitting dresses. Shirtless man.


    Alcohol (beer, spirits), bar setting. Smoking.


    F-word, s-words, sonofab*tch. Gender, prison, rural, regional stereotypes. Religious references.


    Outlaws, prison, escapees, love, family, single parenting, pregnancy, childbirth, mother-daughter relationships, father-daughter relationships, birthdays, correspondence, reunions, hope, waiting, surrender, shootouts, fostering.


    Deceased partner, fathers, friend. Estranged father/lover. Deceased son. Jail, mortuary, bar settings. Childbirth, foster family. Goats, kittens. Antlers seen in shop.


    Triumphant, singular, searing, intense, slow-burning, gorgeous, sublime, hypnotic, moody, mournful, patient, poetic, intelligent, accomplished. Deftly paced, sumptuous images, beautifully shot, thoughtful camerawork, well cast, superb performances, arresting finale, impeccable costume and production design, inventive score, old-fashioned approach.


    Suffocating, a little overlong, conventional plot, terrible title, mannered dialogue. Lowery's direction too heavily influenced by his film-making heroes.

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