No Country for Old Men

dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

No Country for Old Men

dir. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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Joel and Ethan Coen's adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's modern-day Western won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

When Texan tough guy Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles upon the bloody aftermath of a drug deal turned deadly — including $2 million in cash — he grabs the swag and keeps his mouth shut. But his clean getaway soon proves to be anything but, as unusually coiffed killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) is dispatched to recover the money, leading to a deadly, cross-country game of cat-and-mouse, which is observed from afar by weary, philosophical old sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones). Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy and winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men once again sees the Coens creating a strikingly original kind of American fable, where the moral certainties and rugged individualism of yesteryear (represented by Bell and Moss) collides with the chilling force of destruction embodied by Chigurh — a force which might be some inexorable fate or, even more terrifyingly, an all-encompassing, nihilistic randomness. "The most measured, classical film of [the Coens'] twenty-three-year career, and maybe the best" (Scott Foundas, The Village Voice).