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The Homesman

The Homesman

Director: Tommy Lee Jones
France, USA | English
2014 | 122min.
Format: DCP
Theme: V, L, N
18+
Nine years after his acclaimed The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (Best Actor and Best Screenplay at Cannes 2005), Tommy Lee Jones is again behind the camera for a new, very special Western. The story unfolds in Nebraska, a hard land for men and an heartbreaking one for women who not only have to share with men the hardship of life on the wild frontier, but are often abused by their violent husbands. Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) is a single, strong woman who looks after her land by herself. She is not against marriage, but her strong character has kept potential suitors at a distance. When a minister’s wife from the East (Meryl Streep) offers shelter to three young wives broken by mental illness, no men volunteer to take them on the long and dangerous journey, but Mary steps forward bringing with her an unwilling drifter (Jones) that she saved from lynching. This tragic saga that for once tells the story of the West from a woman’s perspective, is delicately enlightened by grace, poetry and a devilishly twisted, dark sense of humor. Cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto (Babel) vividly captures the uncanny beauty of the treeless, parched Nebraska prairie, giving to it a life on its own. All the actresses deliver impressive performances, and Jones once again shines as the rough and rowdy antihero who hides his heart of gold.

Director,  Tommy Lee Jones

Director,  Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones made his feature-film debut as an actor in Love Story (1970) and has gone on to star in such films as Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980), Natural Born Killers (1994) and Lincoln (2012). In 2005 he made his directorial debut with The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) for which he won Best Actor at Cannes. He won an Emmy for his perofrmance in The Executioner’s Song (1982) and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Fugitive (1993).

Cast and Crew

Director
Tommy Lee Jones
Cast
Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, James Spader
Production Company
EuropaCorp, Ithaca, Javelina Film Company
Sales Contact
EuropaCorp
Music
Marco Beltrami
Producer
Luc Besson, Peter Brant, Brian Kennedy
Screenwriter
Tommy Lee Jones, Kieran Fitzgerald, Wesley Oliver
Editor
Roberto Silvi
Cinematographer
Rodrigo Prieto
Sound
Jose Antonio Garcia
Production Designer
Merideth Boswell
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