The Homesman

The Homesman

Le Chariot Des Damnées

DVD - 2014
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"Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her"--From www.imdb.com.
Publisher: [Montréal] : Métropole ; [Toronto] : Distributed in Canada by Mongrel Media, [2014]
Branch Call Number: FIC Homes
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Chariot des damnées [DVD]

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JCLMargaretO Sep 21, 2017

The flashback scenes in the beginning are a bit confusing as the viewer tries to figure out the sequence and significance. It's gritty and plain spoken, and tells in vivid detail about the lives of three women whose minds no longer can deal with reality, and the man and woman tasked with their temporary care. A great western tale featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, but don't confuse this with your average western. It is heartbreakingly intense.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 17, 2017

This is a tough film, and it's not your standard Western- the movie even discards the whole morality/ amorality questions and themes that arise in most Westerns. Tommy Lee Jones directs a stellar cast in an uncomfortable but ultimately rewarding film experience ( rewarding in the sense that you've seen something you haven't before ). I would recommend this film for those with a strong stomach.

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66healey
Jun 14, 2017

This movie is a stripped-bare western - the setting is about as harsh as it gets for sodbusters, and life is equally harsh and unforgiving. The movie itself plods along and is both intriguing and minimalist in plot and execution. If you're looking for a shoot em up style duster, this isn't it for the most part. It's a character study of likely everyday men and women who went west in the 1800s in search of a dream and found little comfort in the realities of rural life.

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Bluerobin23
Jun 09, 2017

I love Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, and I thought the premise of this movie was interesting, but I found the flashback scenes of the mentally unstable women to be disturbing and unnecessary, and made the movie more akin to a horror movie whose goal is to shock. i stopped watching after the needle poking.

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TheSandoz
May 08, 2017

Couple of comments: this is another directing tour de force of Tommy Lee Jones, now a crisp 68 years young if you can believe it, and what a fine effort it is indeed. He also co-wrote the script and co-produced, in addition to playing one of the lead roles. Second, this is not your run-of-the-mill western, in fact you could stay it is a "reverse-western" (and not only because the trek goes eastward), even though it certainly has some elements of a traditional western. Instead this is more of a personal endurance and psychological drama, as we see Buddy and Briggs encounter various challenges (the weather, hunger, Indians, etc.). Life oftentimes was harsh and bleak in those days, or so it seems. Beware, this is rated R for a reason: there are a number of scenes that are quite shocking (leading to loud gasps from the audience in the theater). It makes the few funny scenes all the more necessary (Briggs, realizing this is not going to be an easy trek: "three crazy women for five weeks is a lot more than I had bargained for", ha!). The photography is beautiful, with the endless Midwestern prairies. The movie has an all-star cast but for me the most remarkable was the starring role of Grace Gummer as one of the crazy women (she is the daughter of Meryl Streep). Speaking of which: Streep makes a brief (5 min,) appearance late in the movie as a minister's wife. Last but not least, there is a beautiful orchestral score, courtesy of composer Marco Beltrani. Bottom line: as the previous reviewer noted, this is a heavy duty but very worthwhile movie about life in 1850s Territories.

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Loge99
Apr 19, 2017

An exceptional, if unusual, western. Omitting much of the typical Western plots of gambling men, Indians on the warpath, Cavalry riding to the rescue, and dance hall prostitutes. The story revolves around one woman struggling between her faith and her need for fulfillment as a woman. Cast is excellent. Nebraska prairie uncompromising and remorseless. Certainly not a morality tale.

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Maoisdead
Mar 30, 2017

The Homesman is set in Nebraska in the 1850’s. Poor Europeans from the East are moving westwards into the land of the native ‘first nations’ to stake property claims from the wilderness and to farm the poor soil for a hard living, as America expands westwards.
Survival here takes physical and moral strength.
Tommy Lee Jones has produced something strange and thought-provoking.

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Calvacade
Mar 30, 2017

The movie is like a punch to the gut- it is honest though, and it's interlaced with humor throughout the film. I found the movie really coalesced near the end. Directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones- it's a brave and stellar effort by Jones. Worth watching.

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akirakato
Mar 29, 2017

This is a 2014 French-American historical drama directed and co-produced by Tommy Lee Jones, based on the 1988 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout.
It is one of the most heart-wrenching, mentally disturbing and letting-you-down movies I've ever watched.
I wonder how come Tommy Lee Jones did pick up this particularly pitiful, miserable story.

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Stacie_111
Mar 29, 2017

I had the opportunity to see this movie at the theater went it came out and Im glad I waited to see it on DVD. It was a good movie learned some of America's pioneering history; the ending was disappointing and that alone can turn you off from a great film especially if you had to pay to see it.

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jimg2000
Mar 28, 2015

The only creative lines are disparaging remarks on the looks of the heroine:

Bob: Miss Cuddy. I appreciate the offer, the supper, the concert and all. But Icannot marry you, will not, won't. I ain't perfect but you are too bossy and too damn plain.
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Mary: I will not sit still for profanity in my house.
George: I can see why you're single.
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George to Mary: Thank you for the kind words, sister. You're no prize yourself. You're plain as an old tin pail and you're bossy.

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