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20. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
In what can be seen as a mild precursor to No Country for Old Men, Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, a neo-western that is infatuated, in all the wrong ways, with love, friendship and self-discovery. Jones has created something haunting, something that makes vulnerable the human soul and shows how fragile and sad it can be. He has an eye for the imperfect as he submerges us in present-day Odessa, Texas, carefully mapping out the town’s inhabitants’ awkward mannerisms and the backwardness of a social system that has been disconnected from the contemporary world. The film follows the three different burials of one man, Melquiades, Pete’s (Jones) best friend who is an illegal immigrant,