Strange Way of Life

Dir: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Pedro Pascal, Ethan Hawke, Manu Ríos
82mins   2023   US   12A   English   

Includes a pre-recorded Q&A with director Pedro Almodóvar

A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as hired gunmen.

Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth, and they do indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their old friendship.

'The richly acted, sumptuously photographed Strange Way of Life lives up to its title as a revisionist Western that embraces its classical genre roots while also carving out a very modern way of looking at the past' - Stephen Garrett, Observer