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The Dead Don't Hurt

Directed by Viggo Mortensen
Canada, Mexico, Denmark
129 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings) directs and stars opposite Vicky Krieps (Phantom Thread) in this gun-slinging revisionist western centring a defiant woman against her corrupt surroundings.

In the early 1860s, two immigrants, Vivienne (Krieps) and Holger (Mortensen), meet and agree to settle down together in the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada. The fiercely independent Vivienne refuses to be married, but she and Holger build a life together, finding joy and beauty even amid the harsh conditions. When Holger decides to fight in the Civil War, however, Vivienne is left to fend for herself in the town controlled by the corrupt Mayor Schiller (Danny Huston), his business partner Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt) and his unhinged son Weston (Solly McLeod). In his second film as director following 2020’s Falling, Mortensen creates a riveting and moving portrait of a strong woman making her way in a world of ruthless men.

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This sinewy, sombre, handsomely crafted and beautifully shot western is Viggo Mortensen’s second feature as a director, an impressively authored movie in which Mortensen is also writer, composer and star
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Featuring excellent performances from its two leads, the film is a Western for people who don’t like Westerns
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter


Thu 6 Jun
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Fri 7 Jun
Palace Norton Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Thu 13 Jun
State Theatre
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Special Presentations
Unclassified 15+
Canada, Mexico, Denmark
In English, French and Spanish with English subtitles
Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Thomas, Regina Solórzano
Vicky Krieps, Viggo Mortensen, Solly McLeod
Viggo Mortensen
Marcel Zyskind
Peder Pedersen
Australian Premiere
Crime, Focus on Women, Cinephile
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Transmission Films
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