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.