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Total Film | Ain't Them Bodies Saints Review


After her more aggressive outlaw stance as Lisbeth Salander, Rooney Mara acts like she’s in training for her upcoming Terrence Malick film in David Lowery’s melancholy crime fable. If so, she secured a fine trainer.

Confident and careful, Lowery’s Sundance breakthrough busts the laws of Malick imitation: when a film is this assured, you hardly mind that it’s also derivative.

There are also echoes of Bonnie And Clyde and Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us, but Malick’s Badlands and Days Of Heaven pop to mind most readily as ’70s outlaw lovers Ruth (Mara) and Bob (Casey Affleck) burn for each other under dreamy Texas skies.

Lowery’s understated authority lifts his tragic romance above mere Malick mimicry, while Affleck and Mara bring heart to the scrupulous artistry. All you need is a little patience...

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