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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Directed by David Lowery • 2013 • United States
Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster
Brought to life with exquisite detail and rich cinematography by Bradford Young, the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime. After his pregnant wife (Rooney Mara) makes one false move during a bloody shootout, a bank robber (Casey Affleck) faces a twenty-five-year sentence that destroys his dreams of family life. Shot through with the yearning and melancholy of a folk ballad, David Lowery’s directorial breakthrough breathes new life into the outlaw-romance genre as it ruminates rapturously on the fragility and transience of love.