The Man Who Wasn’t There
Billy Bob Thornton is terrific in the Coens’ canny combination of crime movie and psychological study of extreme alienation.
Dir Joel Coen
With Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Mi-chael Badalucco, James Gandolfini.
The Coens’ film gris centres on a barber in postwar California who feels very little – other than doubts about his wife’s fidelity, which lead both of them into profoundly troubled waters. Less a crime thriller than a meditative, insightful and beautifully acted study of alienation, the film borrows its steely, silvery look – superbly shot by Roger Deakins – from 50s sci-fi movies.