Les Cowboys Blu-ray Review
“Les Cowboys” is a surprising film.
While Alain, his wife (Nicole), and two children (Kelly and Georges) attend a country western festival, their fun is soon interrupted when they discover that Kelly has gone missing. Upon investigating the matter from a variety of sources, it appears that Kelly has run off with her boyfriend Ahmed and has sought to live a different lifestyle. Angry and distraught, Alain becomes obsessed with finding her even though she doesn’t want to be found. Alain even ropes his son Georges into trying to find her. Will Alain ever find Kelly and what will he lose in the process? What is in store for Georges who accompanies his father on his journey?
From the get go, “Les Cowboys” unfolds in an unexpected fashion. The genre bending film (which plays like a cross between “The Searchers” and “The Vanishing”) about family and race is part modern French-Belgian western, part drama, part thriller, and even part romance. The description might give the impression that the story would be all over the place, but it’s not. One can argue the plot does meander a tad bit in the second half, but it finds its way as it leads up to a satisfying climax (although the end might anti-climactic to some people). I could go into more detail about all of this, but really, watching the film with as little knowledge as possible is best.
Performance wise, there’s some great acting on display here. Admittedly, I was not too familiar with actor François Damiens (although I have seen him in a few things previously), but he really made an impression here as Alain. Equally impressive here is actress Ellora Torchia as Shazhana. She doesn’t have a ton of screentime, but what scenes she does have are impactful. Finnegan Oldfield (who plays the older Georges) also shines as Alain’s son.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The picturesque scenery really shines in hi-def.
Audio Tracks: French (with occasional English) 5.1 DTS-HD MA and Dolby Digital 5.1. How do they sound? The DTS track is clearly the one to go with here as it handles the sound design quite well.
* Cohen Media Group trailers.
* A booklet featuring credits and photos.
* “Les Cowboys” trailer.
* The nearly 35 minute “The Making Of Les Cowboys” contains set footage, interviews, character discussions, and more.
Overall Thoughts: “Les Cowboys” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a refreshingly different film that should appeal to film buffs.
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