The moody and well-staged "Ain’t Them Bodies Saints" imagines a "Bonnie & Clyde" scenario where most of the violence is off-camera, but the consequences aren’t.
Married criminals Ruth (Rooney Mara) and Bob (Casey Affleck) are caught after a shootout with deputies in a Texas town. Bob goes to prison, taking the fall for Ruth when she shoots a deputy, Patrick (Ben Foster). Ruth is acquitted and has Bob’s baby girl, Sylvie.
‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’
Opens Friday, Sept. 13, at Broadway Centre Cinemas; rated R for some violence; 96 minutes.
Four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sends word that he’s coming for Ruth. His plan is complicated by a trio of gunmen pursuing Bob, by his old protector Skerritt (Keith Carradine) warning him away from Ruth, and by Ruth torn between Bob and the attentive Patrick.
Writer-director David Lowery employs a deliberate pace and Bradford Young’s gorgeous cinematography to set a tone that’s timelessly rustic, if a bit pokey. Among many strong performances, Mara’s stands out for its unfussy directness.
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