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The Homesman

The Homesman is such a deeply pessimistic work that I'll be surprised if it becomes a popular success. American spectators rarely go for movies about failure (which might explain why the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, despite being one of the best-reviewed movies of last year, never caught on with the mainstream), and The Homesman confronts that subject in virtually every scene. The film opens with a despairing portrait of American frontier life in the 1850s, introducing us to a small farming settlement that's been ravaged by disease and crop failure. Three women in the town have gone mad after a particularly devastating year (one has lost all three of her children to diphtheria in months), and the townspeople decide that someone should take them to a sanitarium back east. The task falls on a headstrong spinster named Mary Bee Cuddy (Hillary Swank), who then recruits a drunken loner (Tommy Lee Jones) to help after none of the men in town offer assistance. Continue reading >>



  • Tommy Jones


  • Tommy Jones
  • Hilary Swank
  • David Dencik
  • William Fichtner
  • Grace Gummer
  • John Lithgow
  • Tim Nelson
  • Miranda Otto
  • Jesse Plemons
  • Sonja Richter
  • James Spader
  • Hailee Steinfeld
  • Meryl Streep


  • Peter Brant
  • Brian Kennedy
  • Luc Besson
  • Tommy Jones
  • Michael Fitzgerald
  • Deborah Bach
  • Hughes Abell

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