Has anybody besides me seen this?
It’s a Polish Western made in 2006 by Piotr Uklanski. I understand it played at the Venice Film Festival in 2007. I saw it at SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) as part of their Non-Western Westerns film series (which, sadly, is coming to a close with Yojimbo this Saturday).
What a trippy film. For those of you who like your westerns weird look no further.
The title is about 99% ironic but, strangely, there is a love story in it.
At the showing I attended (with only about 25 people in the audience) mostly everyone left befuddled and/or bemused.
It references many other westerns from Howard Hawks to Sergio Leone. But it turns the conventions inside out. It is a great looking movie and, like Sukiyaki Western Django, the actors speak their lines in English albeit sometimes heavily accented.
If any of you saw the Australian film The Proposition, imagine that film but directed by Samuel Beckett.
I saw summer love on a Friday and it percolated through by subconscious over the weekend. The more it settled in, the more I liked it.
It is being released on DVD on April 29th in the States. Because Americans don’t do irony very well it has been retitled Dead Man’s Bounty for the DVD release.
Val Kilmer has a role in it but his performance is, shall we say, “lifeless”.
I chuckle to think what the unsuspecting western fan will think when they watch this, expecting a Bounty Hunter film with Val Kilmer.
I’m sure there’re fans of the genre on this site that will really appreciate this strange, interesting film.
I love to hear what anybody else who has seen this thought of it. 8)