I'll be honest, I think this film has some excellent elements, and it should hold a place in the Alternate Top 20, but I still have some gripes with it. I hope nobody minds that I just offload some of my thoughts here.
I respect Alessondroni very much, but I don't think the theme music is appropriate, the theme seems more fitting for a more light hearted venture, but El Puro has some deep introspection on violence and addiction, and main theme in my opinion doesn't help reflect that. Maybe it was to help disguise the ending? It doesn't seem likely after the theme plays again at the end. That happy little romp seems almost like an insult to me, especially with how sudden and upsetting El Puro's death is.
On the subject of the ending, does anybody else feel that the ending was a little rushed? Or added in as an after thought? After watching it a few times it just feels wrong the way it was handled, with El Puro just falling off his horse and sticking his face in the sand. The death of a main character is something I personally feel that should be handled with a little more time and care, especially after investing the entire movie into him.
Even though I stated I wasn't a fan of the main theme, I still enjoy it in it's own right. In fact the entire soundtrack is wonderful, especially when El Puro discovers Rosie dead. Those strings just accentuate the mood so much and make it all the more gut wrenching! It's a shame that Nazionalmusic doesn't care to release their music! It would be nice if Beat or Claudio Fuiano could access their archives for goodness sakes!