Tuesday, April 16, 2019

"No Country for Old Men", a very layered modern western from the Coen Brothers


Screenprism analyses (12 min) the Coen Brother’s film “No Country for Old Men” (2007, best picture, Miramax and Paramount Vantage), especially the abstract and ambiguous ending.

The sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) is somewhat the alien spectator, as he relates what he sees to his wife (Tess Harper), the battle between the villain Chigurh (Javier Bardem) and Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), an ambiguous non-allegro hero.


The film suggests an internal time travel, where Bell changes places with his father, who idealized a simpler world.


The film was somewhat a modern western, set in the early 80s, just before modern tech.
  
The film is said to be faithful to the novel by Cormac McCarthy.

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