The Dead Don't Hurt (2024)

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The Dead Don't Hurt
The Dead Don’t Hurt is a story of star-crossed lovers on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s. Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Viggo Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, she agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada, where they start a life together. The outbreak of the civil war separates them when Olsen makes a fateful decision to fight for the Union. This leaves Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt). Alfred’s violent, wayward son Weston (Solly McLeod) aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances. When Olsen returns from the war, he and Vivienne must confront and make peace with the person each has become. Both a tragic love story and a nuanced depiction of the conflict between revenge and forgiveness, The Dead Don’t Hurt is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men.

The Dead Don’t Hurt Review

Viggo Mortensen directs and stars in brooding ‘The Dead Don’t Hurt’. Grim and slow-burning, Viggo Mortensen’s ‘The Dead Don’t Hurt’ puts an excellent Vicky Krieps at the heart of a standard Western tale of vengeance.

Viggo Mortensen’s second film as a director, writer, producer, and composer – not to mention, of course, actor – is about as far away from possible in time and place from his debut in those areas, 2020’s ‘Falling.’ But the themes of marginalization, brutality, intolerance, and the expression of violence remain the same, even as Mortensen transports them to the Old West. While this slow-moving and occasionally confusing film gets the period details right and creates a strong central female character, it takes a while to get to the heart of the story.

The Dead Don't Hurt Showtimes on June 13th, 2024

Movie Details

Movie Box Office Gross:$970,119 (Worldwide)
Original Language:English
Executive Producers:George Bennet, Jesper Morthorst
Production Companies:Talipot Studio, Recorded Picture Company, Perceval Pictures