This spring has been rife with fantastic films, and with summer on our heels it looks as though we’re in store for some truly great cinematic moments—from both directors we worship and those who are at the precipice of their careers. And when it comes to the latter, David Lowery is one of the most refreshing and wonderful new voices in filmmaking to appear on our radar in recent memory. After editing the stunningly brilliant Upstream Color with Shane Carruth, Lowery blew everyone away at Sundance with his crime drama / tragic Texas romance Ain’t Them Bodies Saints which will roll into theaters come August. The lens-flared and sun burnt film is as aesthetically alluring and well-crafted as it’s moving performances from Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, and Ben Foster who take on the story of:
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.