The Dead Don’t Hurt (LUXFILMFEST)
Viggo Mortensen, 129 min, 2023 - Canada, Mexico, Denmark
French-Canadian flower seller Vivienne Le Coudy and Danish carpenter Holger Olsen meet in San Francisco. Vivienne is irreverent, fiercely independent, and refuses to wed, but agrees to travel with Holger to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada. There, they begin a life together — Vivienne grows roses and waits tables at a tavern and Holger builds barns, until the couple are separated by Holger’s decision to fight for the Union in the burgeoning Civil War.
The dead don’t hurt, Viggo Mortensen’s second outing as writer and director is an elegantly realised feminist western starring Mortensen himself and Vicky Krieps as immigrants attempting to forge a life in a corrupt California town.