The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones as Pete Perkins, Barry Pepper as Mike Norton, Julio Cedillo as Melquiades Estrada (as Julio César Cedillo), Dwight Yoakam as Belmont, January Jones as Lou Ann Norton, Melissa Leo as Rachel, Levon Helm as Old Man with Radio, Mel Rodriguez as Captain Gomez, Cecilia Suárez as Rosa, Ignacio Guadalupe as Lucio, Vanessa Bauche as Mariana, Irineo Alvarez as Manuel (as Irineo Álvarez), Guillermo Arriaga as Juan, Josh Berry as Border Patrolman, Rodger Boyce as Salesman

As if we were being thrown smack in the middle of a Cormac McCarthy
novel, >>Three Burials<< powerfully serves up the borderlands milieu
through its bipolar texture and tone: both graphic and dreamy, tragic
and comical. That fusion is accented by memorable characters and
age-old themes: immigration and the Rio Grande; Spanish and English and
Spanglish; violence and personal relationships; coyotes and border
patrol; a tired waitress with a Chekhovian longing and an inept sheriff
with nervous problems; a young, blonde wife terribly out of place, and
an aging, rugged cowboy firmly in place (>>Ride the High Country<<,
anyone?). Finally, the film centers on a classically picaresque story
of personality development through trials and tribulations: Pete (Tommy
Lee Jones), on a flashback-laden quest for his own way of justice,
dragging along the rapidly disintegrating corpse of his friend, brings
about the personal journey of a trigger-happy, macho-racist border
patrol officer (played by Barry Pepper) from guilt to redemption...
Wonderfully borderlands, comparable to >>Lone Star<<. Watch it.

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