Friday, 18 June 2010

The Last Rites of Ransom Pride - EIFF - Filmhouse - 18/6/10

Like "Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia" on speed.

Which is quite the achievement given that "Bring Me the Head..." is quite the acid trip already.

Tiller Russell has crafted a Western movie that is completely modern while totally comfortable with the conventions of its genre.

Sepia soaked, Southern baptist bible quotations, desert backdrops, "voodoo Mexicans", bloodbaths, carnage and revenge are all present and correct as Juliette Flowers attempts to take the body of her felled lover, the eponymous "Ransom Pride", back from the clutches of some dark and dangerous Mexicans to be buried alongside his mother. The only way she can achieve this is by delivering Ransoms brother to her in exchange...the journey to achieve this is twisted and bloody.

With a terrific performance from Lizzy Caplan as Juliette and a memorable appearance by Dwight Yoakam as the father of her lover sitting alongside a wonderful cameo by Kris Kristofferson "Ransom Pride" is destined for cult status but, in truth, it deserves much more than that because it is a film that has been made by a director who clearly loves making movies and who has an original eye.

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