Ain't Them Bodies Saints

(USA, 2013, 105 mins, DCP)
Canadian Premiere
Cast Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Nate Parker, Keith Carradine.
EXEC PRODS Robert Ogden Barnum, Mark Burg, Jesse Kennedy, Logan Levy, Fredrik Malmberg, Michael Menchel, Daniel Wagner, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein
PRODS Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy, Cassian Elwes, Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Amy Kaufman
SCR David Lowery
CAM Bradford Young
EDS Craig McKay, Jane Rizzo, Patrick M. Knickelbine
PROD DES Jade Healy
MUS Daniel Hart
PROD CO Sailor Bear / Parts & Labor / Primary Productions
Guests in attendance. Director David Lowery will also participate in VIFF’s Film and Television Forum panel "Indie Breakout Success" on Thursday, October 3 at 2:45pm. Tickets and further information are available at


Outlaw lovers Bob (Casey Affleck) and Ruth (Rooney Mara) were denied their fairy-tale blaze-of-glory ending. For them, a Bonnie and Clyde-style shootout with authorities culminated in unglamorous arrests rather than immortality. Four years on, their crime spree is all but forgotten. He wastes away in a Texas prison and she raises their daughter while spurning the advances of a goodhearted lawman (Ben Foster). Ever the idealist, Bob breaks free from prison, intent on reuniting with Ruth. However, unbeknownst to Bob, the full repercussions of their youthful exploits are also coming home to roost.

Epic in mood, yet intimate in scale, writer-director David Lowery’s drama is a noteworthy addition to the rogues gallery of outstanding American outlaw films. While its standoffs, chases and gunplay certify Lowery’s aptitude for genre elements, his film’s trajectory isn’t determined by carefully considered plot points, but rather by its players’ rampant desires and rich themes concerning fidelity, duty and the fickleness of destiny.

“Its title is a line from a country song, and Daniel Hart’s score makes us feel like we are living through an extended dream of a song… The film is so singular, it’s hard to place. At times, its elegiac visual quality evokes Terrence Malick, but Lowery’s scripting is tighter and more accessible. His is truly a fresh voice, exhilarating to hear.”—Sebastian Doggart, Guardian

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