An early dialoque in this movie involves a couple who move from Cinncinati to a Texas Mexican Border. They are asked, "What kind of work takes you so far from home?" "Border Patrol. Everywhere is far from home."
Home is a big theme in this film. People bored with their home, leaving their home for a new home, people sneaking across borders to make a new home...loneliness, boredom, abandonment, a blind man who fumbles in his home, cowboys and Mexicans whose homes are so raw and open we see classic cowboy suffering and compassion...and eventually a fantasy home. It must be built because if it isn't there will be loss of hope and closure.
No one seems to like their work except the cowboys who dis their ranch owner boss because he doesn't actually work on his bestowed land. In many ways this appears to be a serious brooding film. It is much more well rounded than its first impression. This is Weekend at Bernies meets Lone Star meets Crash meets Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia. I was sometimes feeling tense sometimes gaffawing.
Dwight Yoakam and Levon Helm rock in their supporting roles. Tommy Lee Jones is as amazing as ever. I love Barry Pepper(Canadian!) and will see any movie he is in. The man who makes everybody work, and has the last laugh in this tale of the making of a beautiful friendship is wonderful and I love him, Julio Cesar Cedillo, who I have been a big fan of since BOTTLEROCKET! and the odd movie The Life of David Gale. He is gonna be so cool to watch in the next few years.
In some ways the feeling of this movie began like a psychological suspense because we want to know what people are thinking about while they are taking action...but it surprises as we get to see the characters learn about each other and a new idea of home becomes the redemption.
Another surprise, I sure wasn't expecting an allusion to scalping, but lordy lordy, there it was.
It would make Sam and John and Sergio darn proud.