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WATCH: First Trailer for Lyrical Western 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 24, 2013 at 2:45PM

The first trailer for David Lowery's lyrical Western and festival favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has landed. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23 via IFC Films, stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in a tale centered on an outlaw's dangerous ordeal to reunite with his wife and child. Watch below.
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'
'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

The first trailer for David Lowery's lyrical Western and festival favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has landed. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23 via IFC Films, stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in a tale centered on an outlaw's dangerous ordeal to reunite with his wife and child. Watch below.

Check out our TOH! interview with director Lowery, and our review and roundup out of Sundance when the film first premiered. The film had its European unveiling at Cannes earlier this week.

Nate Parker and Keith Carradine co-star. Here's a more detailed synopsis:

Bob Muldoon (Casey Affleck) and Ruth Guthrie (Rooney Mara), an impassioned young outlaw couple on an extended crime spree, are finally apprehended by lawmen after a shootout in the Texas hills. Although Ruth wounds a local officer, Bob takes the blame. But four years later, Bob escapes from prison and sets out to find Ruth and their daughter, born during his incarceration.
 
Set against the backdrop of 1970's Texas Hill Country, director David Lowery paints a poetic picture, evoking the mythology of westerns and saturating the dramatic space with an aching sense of loss. Featuring powerful performances by Affleck, Mara as well as Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS is a story of love, motherhood and searching for peace while faced with an unrelenting past.

This article is related to: Video, Trailers, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, David Lowery, Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.