No Country For Old Men

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(out of 5)


Every once in a long while, the brothers Coen put aside their desire to make us watch their take on one of their favourite old movies and instead create something vibrant and original. For the first time since Fargo (though I really did enjoy The Man Who Wasn’t There) they accomplish this task, creating a moody, intense western that is probably their best film after the aforementioned snowbound classic.  (superb), is a Texas welder on a hunting excursion in the desert who comes across a group of dead bodies, abandoned drugs and a bag full of money. Across the state, a demon in human form () is on a trail towards the cash and will stop at nothing to get it. Brolin gets his sweet wife () to go hide out with her mother before setting himself on a course in the hopes of outwitting Bardem, but the stakes get crazier as the journey becomes more and more twisted. Riveting from start to finish, this is a perfectly polished film that grabs hold of you and never lets you go, even when the final third goes in some pretty unexpected places.  shines as the sheriff who has seen too much and is starting to be affected by his job, while  makes a brief appearance as his wife. Somehow Brolin makes the average qualities of his character entirely compelling, while Bardem’s villain is probably the scariest bad guy the screen has seen in decades. Adapted, most skillfully, from the novel by Cormac McCarthy (All The Pretty Horses).


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USA, 2007

Directed by ,

Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2007, TIFF 2007


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Academy Awards
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Javier Bardem as “Anton Chigurh”)
Best Directing (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Picture (Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, producers)
Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

Nominations
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)
Best Film Editing (Roderick Jaynes)
Best Sound Editing (Skip Lievsay)
Best Sound Mixing (Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, Peter Kurland)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Javier Bardem)
Best Screenplay (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)

New York Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
Best Director (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Screenplay (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Film
Best Adapted Screenplay (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Acting by an Ensemble (Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Garret Dillahunt, Tess Harper, Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly Macdonald)

Screen Actors Guild Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Javier Bardem)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Tommy Lee Jones)

Writers Guild Award
Best Adapted Screenplay

Directors Guild Award
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

British Academy Awards
Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)
Best Cinematography
David Lean Award for Direction (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)

Nominations
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones)
Best Supporting Actress (Kelly Macdonald)
Best Screenplay – Adapted
Best Sound
Best Editing

Toronto Film Critics Awards
Best Picture
Best Supporting Performance, Male (Javier Bardem)
Best Director (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Screenplay

Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Film
Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)

Nominations
Best Director (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
Best Cinematography

Chicago Film Critics Awards
Best Picture
Best Director (Ethan Coen, Joel Coen)
Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem)

Nominations
Best Screenplay, Adapted
Best Cinematography


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