Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in new photos from Ain't Them Bodies Saints
One of the more intriguing films to come out of the Sundance film festival was David Lowery’s AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS. Although it’s getting dumped in an awkward August 16th release date, this is one of those smaller films that could pick up steam with critics and make some noise come awards season. Of course, I said the same thing about THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES and that one seemed to have come and gone with barely a thud. The fine folks over at The Playlist got their hands on some new photos from the film, along with an updated synopsis (below). The film promises to be a tear-jerker and an emotional drainer, but how well it will stick with audiences and critics remains to be seen. Those that caught the screening at Sundance seemed to have loved it, but that doesn’t always equate to success. The good news is that the film features Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck in starring roles and I’ve been impressed with both of them during their young careers.
AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS official synopsis: Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration. Set against the backdrop of 1970’s Texas Hill Country, first time director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss. Featuring powerful performances by Affleck and Mara as well as Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS is a story of love, motherhood and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.