The Homesman was in the running for a Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, and marks a second outing for atmospheric directing from Tommy Lee Jones, who stars in the film along with Oscar magnet Hilary Swank.
The film also boasts Meryl Streep to fully round its gong credentials.
This is Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial follow up to The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005).
Based on the book by Glendon Swarthout, the story follows Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank), who volunteers for the task of transporting three women who have been declared insane across the barren American West of the 1850s to a safe haven in Ohio. On the way she enlists the help of George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), through saving him from the noose.
There’s stylish cinematography from Rodrigo Prieto (whose impressive filmography includes We Bought A Zoo, based on the travails of Ben Mee at Dartmoor Zoo); and a haunting soundtrack from Marco Beltrami.
The Homesman is due for its UK premiere at Cambridge Film Festival, with the general release date set for November 28.
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