Recommended: Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Seeing a film that moves you and keeps you thinking about it for weeks after is one of the greatest treats the silver screen serves up and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints happily falls into that category.
A truly beautiful and sprawling love story this is a lovely film that will only make you realise how sucked in you are to the story when it ends and you are as wracked as the characters.
A love story set in the beautiful Texas, the film smoulders much like the landscape it is set in. While the set up felt rushed and i was initially unsure if enough had been done by the writers to make me interested in the characters i found my worries being forgotten as the story unravelled with a subtle intensity which made it a real treat.
Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara play the parted lovers, Bob and Ruth, who have found themselves in this predicament thanks to their own mistakes. Both shine on screen, with Rooney Mara becoming her character to such a degree i on many occasions forgot who i was watching. Affleck can’t be overlooked either. His nonchalant and yet determined, slow burning performance paired with Mara’s onscreen show combines to be devastatingly brilliant.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints may not be a fast paced film but it has a certain something that ensures you invest in the characters journey’s and never once want to look away from the screen.
The cinematography of the landscape captures a sense of isolation felt by the characters and ensures that the viewer is taken on their journey giving us not a moments pause to jump off.
While i am a self confessed fan of these kind of love stories Ain’t Them Bodies saints instantly fell into the bracket of sprawling greats, alongside films like Legend’s of the Fall and Cold Mountain.
One of the most moving and beautiful films i’ve seen in a long while, this is not one to miss.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is released in the UK today.