Cannes: Coen Brothers Are Back With "No Country For Old Men"

by | May 18, 2007 | Comments

Good news for fans of "The Big Lebowski," "Blood Simple," and "Fargo": the Coen Brothers have returned to form with "No Country For Old Men," which debuted today at Cannes.

Genuinely amazing debuts have been somewhat rare in the first few days of the Cannes Film Festival, but "No Country For Old Men," a cross-border crime thriller starring Javier Bardem, James Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones created an audible buzz in the Debussy theater lobby as members of the press spilled out of the aisles after tonight’s press screening.

Going into the screening it seemed few people knew much about the film, aside from the fact that it was the first full length feature film from writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen since 2004’s misfire "The Ladykillers." Adding more fuel for doubt was the fact that the duo have detoured in recent years from crime/thriller/dramas they’ve excelled in with earlier movies like "Blood Simple," "Miller’s Crossing," and "Fargo."

Rest assured, though — not only does "No Country" deliver another excellent Coen Brothers film, it also delves thematically deeper than your average crime thriller with its sprawling saga of a drug deal gone wrong, a bag of cash, a hunter on the run (Brolin), and the philosophizing psychopath on his trail (Bardem). Both men are impassive lone wolf types hurtling towards a Western-style duel, though one packs firepower to protect his stolen stash and wife while the other is driven by a singular sort of assassin’s destiny, leaving some lives to a coin toss while holding others to a code of honor. Driving parallel to their deadly pas-de-deux is the comically observed investigations of an aging local sheriff (Jones) who remains always a half-step behind, consumed with his own self-conscious musings on being an old-school sheriff in an increasingly dangerous, murderous world.

Based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel of the same name, "No Country For Old Men" packs plenty of bloody action and suspense, though more notably it’s infused with the Coen touch of dark humor and wordplay. Miramax will release the flick November 21.

Check out the rest of our Cannes 2007 coverage here, including our daily photo blog adventures!!

Tag Cloud

007 MSNBC SundanceTV Character Guide Fox News Comedy Central based on movie IFC Trivia El Rey Starz Netflix Holidays DC Comics Country E! what to watch docudrama 2015 Thanksgiving FOX VICE Year in Review discovery Extras Lifetime Writers Guild of America CMT 24 frames Rom-Com sitcom Summer science fiction Adult Swim ESPN Kids & Family BBC America Cartoon Network Nominations Teen Universal Musical Ellie Kemper Pirates Grammys war cats Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt BBC social media Podcast TCA talk show Winners PaleyFest ABC Family Dark Horse Comics Trailer GIFs Valentine's Day Red Carpet harry potter period drama HBO TBS Comedy FX zombie cinemax Reality Biopics Amazon DirecTV MTV Marathons FXX NBC BET TCA 2017 Super Bowl singing competition Mary Tyler Moore Nickelodeon Sci-Fi Mystery Fantasy Musicals Mindy Kaling ITV TCM President Hulu Rocky Certified Fresh Nat Geo Warner Bros. Video Games SDCC serial killer 45 Countdown Bravo Masterpiece Sneak Peek Tumblr TV Land TIFF LGBTQ crime thriller Animation 2017 Crackle The CW Rock USA Disney Channel Schedule travel cops Esquire Awards supernatural PBS Set visit The Arrangement Horror GLAAD historical drama YA adventure Spring TV crime drama Logo TruTV CBS Paramount A&E Syfy Box Office politics Oscars boxoffice Winter TV transformers RT History DC Universe vampires TV composers Disney Fall TV cooking Martial Arts Emmys AMC Photos Calendar Freeform comiccon crime History sports American Society of Cinematographers Star Wars VH1 NYCC OWN Pop ABC E3 Action Food Network Superheroes CBS All Access Infographic Tomatazos Star Trek TNT biography CNN thriller Lionsgate First Look romance Sundance Cosplay Showtime APB Comic Book Reality Competition Drama Watching Series technology Ghostbusters Polls and Games police drama Election Premiere Dates Best and Worst Toys X-Men WGN political drama 2016 aliens GoT dramedy diversity TLC Marvel Interview Opinion Music psycho