No Country for Old Men

  • 122'
  • USA
  • 2007
With a masterful dose of horror, humour, true lyricism and efficient frugality, the brothers Ethan and Joel Cohen excel in their latest award-winning film. In their adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy about a failed and totally derailed crime, greed, violence and revenge become intertwined. In a parched Texan landscape, the hunter Llewelyn Moss happens upon a suitcase full of money. He finds it in an open space where the crash has just taken place between criminals. There are no survivors. Moss is not stupid and realises that it won't be long before somebody comes and demands the money. He's right. He doesn't only find the local sheriff on his trail, but the unrelenting, monstrous Anton Chigurh also turns up. A tense cat and mouse game ensues in which Moss manages to stay ahead of his pursuers all the time, until a confrontation becomes inevitable. As usual, the Coen Brothers take advantage of spicy dialogue, expressive violence, plenty of suspense and an undertone of extremely black humour. In addition, No Country for Old Men is full of narrative silences in which the clock ticks more than ever. The masters of the crime genre follow the plot laid out in the novel fairly closely. However this allows itself to be turned into an action film filled with unpredictable and breathtaking plot twists with visual melancholy and ironic homespun philosophy.


Directors
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2008
Length
122'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Producers
Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Production Companies
Scott Rudin Productions, Mike Zoss Productions
Sales
Paramount Vantage USA
Screenplay
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy
Cinematography
Roger Deakins
Editor
Roderick Jaynes
Production Design
Jess Gonchor
Sound Design
Peter Kurland
Music
Carter Burwell
Cast
Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones
Local Distributor
Universal Pictures International Netherlands BV