Set in the 19th century, beginning in a desolated and sun-soaked Nebraska, Mary Bee Cuddy is sick of her cold and lonely life. She decides to volunteer to help three frontier women suffering of severe post-traumatic stress travel to Iowa in a wagon. Setting out across the country, she stumbles upon George Briggs, hanging from a tree with a knot around his neck. Mary Bee frees him and wants him to come along and help the women on their journey. Thus kicks in the long trek of »The Homesman«, which is as invested in its characters as it is in the life and stunning landscape surrounding them, amounting to a profound portrayal of the American west. Eight years after his directorial debut, »The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada«, Tommy Lee Jones follows up his critically acclaimed film with a piece that owes much to the classic conventions of the Western genre. Yet, besides the obvious winks and nods, Tommy Lee Jones’ »The Homesman« is otherwise entirely its own beast. The film mixes dark comedy, pathological drama and sudden bursts of violence, all held together by Jones’ assured and austere direction.

Title
The Homesman
Director
Tommy Lee Jones
Country
France, USA
Length
122 min
Festival
2014
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2014
Original title
The Homesman
Cast
Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Hailee Steinfeld, William Fichtner, David Dencik
Producer
Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy
Script
Kleran Fitzgerald, Tommy Lee Jones, Wesley A. Oliver, Glendon Swarthout
Music
Marco Beltrami
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