TIFF 2023: Our Review of ‘The Dead Don’t Hurt’

Posted in TIFF 2023 by - September 13, 2023
TIFF 2023: Our Review of ‘The Dead Don’t Hurt’

It’s rare to find a western with a strong female lead. This isn’t surprising, after all the genre typically attracts male audiences. What roles women did have were usually small, with very little meat on them.

Not only does Viggo Mortensen’s The Dead Don’t Hurt feature a strong female character, but she’s the lead as well.

Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) and Holger Olsen (Mortensen) are immigrants in a small, quiet, yet corrupt town. He’s a carpenter, and she sells flowers and tends bar at the local saloon. While they live together, she refuses to get married because she doesn’t want to lose her independence. When Holder decides to enlist to fight in the civil war, Vivienne is forced to watch over and defend herself from the advances of the local rancher’s son. Something much easier said than done.

Krieps deserves kudos for her portrayal of a strong willed woman. From just a look in her eye you can see how much it pains her character to bite her tongue or how much it means for her to stand her ground. It’s difficult to portray a character with just facial expressions, but Krieps does it very well. Some may find the movie’s story telling device hard to follow, but by the time the movie ends you can see how remarkably ingenious the use of time jumps was.

The Dead Don’t Hurt is a great addition to the western. It also gives you time to get to know its characters.


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While Roderick has only been writing movie reviews for a relatively short time, he's been a fan of film for as long as he can remember. It's a love affair that started when he saw Star Wars at a drive-in theatre in Kitchener when he was four years old. In the past decade he's fulfilled his dream of interviewing celebrities, attending red carpets events at festivals such as TIFF and writing reviews for outlets such as Realstylenetwork.com. He's always on the hunt for the next big thing to hit the screen.
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