Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada


What a dark and beautiful movie. First of all, you must know I love Tommy Lee Jones. And this is a fine piece of directing and acting. The scenes of the Mexican outback are gorgeous. But they are leavened by the stark poverty and desperation of the people. This movie is about the lengths that grief will take you, when it comes to the life and death of a friend. And in that way it is a lot like "Brokeback Mountain," oddly enough. With the dead Melquiades' "Jimenez" becoming the resting place that Jack and Ennis dreamed of.

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