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Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

by Kevin Taft
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Friday Dec 20, 2013
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My favorite film of 2013, "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" won’t be for everyone, but for those that enjoy contemplative, lyrical, and poetic meditations on life, this one’s for you. Sort of a Terence Malick-inspired contemplation on choice, disappointment, and loneliness, director David Lowry fills the screen with rapturous cinematography, terrific performances, and beautiful dialogue. The plot is essentially what happens after a "Bonnie & Clyde" style couple named Bob and Ruth lose a shootout that sends one to jail and the other home to wait for him. Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, the film also co-stars Ben Foster in a quietly heart-breaking performance as a cop who falls for Ruth while Bob is trying to make his way back to her after he escapes prison. But this isn’t a dramatic film about a love triangle. This is a simple tale of where life takes us and how the heart can break and mend itself in mysterious ways.

The film is stunning on its own, but looks equally as mesmerizing on Blu-ray. The sound captures Daniel Hart’s gorgeous score perfectly, while the dialogue can get a bit muddled. This is in part due to the Texas drawls of the cast and was equally as difficult to understand in theatres, so it’s no fault of the transfer. The best option is to put on the subtitles so you can fully enjoy the beauty of their words.

Special Features include: David Lowry’s feature film "St. Nick," two promos highlighting the characters of Bob and Ruth, three deleted scenes - one of which is a compilation of short takes and scenes set to the haunting score, a behind-the-scenes featurette, the trailer, and an Untitled Documentary that is really just a collection of B-roll from the film’s shoot.

The addition of Lowry’s first indie feature is a great way to further familiarize yourself with his style, but the main event here is the film itself. For the loveliness of the sights and sounds of "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints," this is well worth buying. As elegantly paced as it is, it’s a film I could watch over and over just so I can wallow in its beauty.

"Ain’t Them Bodies Saints"
Blu-ray
$29.99
www.IFC.com

Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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