In the Old West, an Oregon criminal known as the Commodore sends brothers Eli and Charlie to find and kill chemist Hermann Warm and retrieve his formula to earn money. Complications soon arise when John Morris, a detective who is supposed to help the brothers, joins with Hermann for a commercial venture.
Initial release: September 21, 2018 (USA)
Director: Jacques Audiard
Story by: Patrick deWitt
Producers: John C. Reilly, Alison Dickey, Michael De Luca, Pascal Caucheteux, Rosa Attab
Production Companies: Annapurna Pictures, Why Not Productions
The main attraction, he explained, was the cosmovision of the novel. “The book has this kind of surprising originality for the period of time,” he said, “and it was not just an arbitrary interpretation of things, I found it so surprising because it was really rooted in the details of the 1850s, What would it be like to never have used a toothbrush? What would it be like to have to carry each bullet with a gun now? What does that do to your psyche when you are preparing to commit violence?
“It was a new version of a western,” he continued, “except that all he did was pay attention to the real historical record.” And, you know, I think it’s something that has darkened over the years of all these Western movies, really what it really was. It was this crazy multicultural wild time there in the west. It was not just a group of white men who were males, subduing the Indians. It was something much more complicated than that. ”
Reilly brought with him his co-star Riz Ahmed, who plays the unlikely named Hermann Kermit Warm, a gold digger chased by Charlie and Eli. “Hermann Kermit Warm is an idealist and also an amateur scientist,” Ahmed said, “and they told the sister brothers that he is also a thief and that he has been robbed of his boss, the commodore. to reach a very dangerous dream, a dangerously lucrative dream, and in fact they have been sent to hunt it and steal this invention that he has “.
As the Sister brothers approach Warm, the film takes an unusual turn, ending in a surprisingly warm note for a story about two hit men. “I hope that people leave feeling that even the worst of us have the ability to transform ourselves,” Reilly commented. “As bad as things are, human beings have an infinite possibility of transformation and change.”
Watch the video above from Reilly and Ahmed.
Deadline Studio at TIFF 2018 presented by eOne. Special thanks to the Watford Group sponsor, and the partners Calii Love, Love Child Social and Barocco Coffee.