Ain’t Them Bodies Saints

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Brought to life with exquisite detail and rich cinematography, the gritty landscape of 1970s Texas Hill Country is the backdrop for this mood-drenched collision of love and crime. After his pregnant wife Ruth (Rooney Mara, The Social Network) makes one false move and wounds a police officer during a bloody shootout, bank robber Bob (Casey Affleck, Gone Baby Gone), takes the blame and faces a 25-year sentence that threatens to destroy his dreams of a family life. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration, in hopes of securing the family that has been lost to him. Shot through with the yearning and melancholy of a folk ballad, David Lowery’s directorial breakthrough – one of the most acclaimed films at Sundance and a special Critics’ Week selection at Cannes – extends the Bonnie and Clyde tradition with its breathtaking meditation on the fragility and transience of love. (Dir. by David Lowery, 2013, USA, 105 mins., Not Rated, IFC Films) Digital