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Slow West (2015)

R | | Western | 16 April 2015 (USA)
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A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as a guide.

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... Jay Cavendish
... Rose Ross
Aorere Paki ... Young Native Boy
... Union Officer
Hayden Frost ... Young Soldier 1
Kieran Charnock ... Young Soldier 2
... Silas Selleck
Joseph Passi ... Congolese Singer 1
Sam Manzanza ... Congolese Singer 2
Tawanda Manyimo ... Congolese Singer 3
David T. Lim ... Tattoo Man (as David Lim)
Bryan Michael Mills ... The Minstrel (as Bryan Mills)
... Marimacho
Eddie Campbell ... Skelly
... Payne
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'Slow West' follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas. Written by Anonomous

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Wanted dead or dead See more »

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Western

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Rated R for violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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16 April 2015 (USA)  »

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A Caminho do Oeste  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,459, 19 June 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$229,094, 21 June 2015
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Filmed in the South Island of New Zealand. See more »

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Payne is shot in the doorway of the Ross house. When Silas has entered, the body has disappeared. See more »

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[first lines]
Silas Selleck: [narrating] Once upon a time, 1870 to be exact, a 16-year-old kid traveled from the cold shoulder of Scotland to the baking heart of America to find his love. His name was Jay. Her name was Rose.
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Mbanza Congo
Written by Joseph Passi (as Passi Jo)
Performed by Joseph Passi (as Passi Jo), Sam Manzanza and Tawanda Manyimo
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Aptly Named and Surreal
30 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

In what may be one of the most aptly-named films at this year's festival, Slow West is in no hurry to tell the story of Scotsman Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and his continent-spanning quest to find Rose (Caren Pistorius), the long-lost love from his hometown. Things get complicated when a desperado named Silas Selleck (Michael Fassbender) decides to accompany Cavendish on his journey—possibly to cash in on a bounty that hangs over Rose's head. Taking a cue from neo-westerns like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, Slow West uses the chaotic landscape of the American frontier as an allegorical exploration of love and death. There is something surreal about seeing the old west interpreted through the lens of New Zealand where the film was shot, and it added to the story's dreamlike tone. The immensely watchable Fassbender exudes some serious Han Solo vibes as he guides Cavendish through the unforgiving wilderness while trying to act like he doesn't give a crap. McPhee's boyish, innocent appearance is ideal for a character whose belief in true love has guided him so far into the lions' den. While the film's ending is sure to polarize audiences, it was a ballsy way to emphasize the point that the frontier was an ecosystem all its own, indiscriminately filling some hearts with purpose and others with bullets.


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