Review~ Shabby Love In Texas Waiting For The Con To Get Out Of Prison, Ben Foster; Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, with Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Rooney Mara & Keith Carradine.  Director, David Lowery.  Though almost completely without substance, this character study was nonetheless a work of art; with a running theme of love-interrupted & a great film music score.

Affleck & his adequate ability are showcased in this film about a convicted killer dreaming about & getting out of prison, headed towards his woman & the young daughter he has yet to meet.  As this story is set in Texas, one notes the inordinate but unsurprising amount of machismo, especially in a small town in the middle of nowhere.  In a way, it’s refreshing.  Especially in our world of effete pretense.

In the dreariness, it’s not hard to focus on the characters.  Foster is most excellent as a Texas cop, seemingly entwined in the middle of lovers that have long been separated.  He has actual talent, rather than a sculpted physique & an affected, smoldering stare.  His performance was top drawer, nuanced & sympathetic.  His pairing with Mara was a casting success.

The film is anything but exciting, but the beauty squeezed out of a small Texas town is interesting.  To say the most.  I recommend this film.  Affleck, though not bad, is the star but Foster is the talent.

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