Mary Bee lives a solitary existence in a mid-western town. She is designated to take back East three women who have lost their minds. On the way to Iowa, where the women will at last find refuge, Mary Bee saves the life of outlaw, Briggs. He agrees to help her through the Frontier territory.
Not since 1992’s Unforgiven has a western at once revived and furthered the waning genre. Tommy Lee Jones’ sublime The Homesman and its revelatory consideration of the white woman’s experience on the frontier, does just that. Starring Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader, and Jones himself.
Michelangelo Antonioni, 1957, Italy
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1997, China
Erick Zonca, 2008, France
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Walter Salles, 2004, Argentina