Les Cowboys

Drama about a father and son who set out to find their missing daughter/sister with the help of an American headhunter.


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  • ★★★★ review by Jason Bailey on Letterboxd

    In its first hour or so, the unapologetic echoes of 'The Searchers' ring cloud and clear: Director Thomas Bidegain tells the story of Alain, tough, stoic French cowboy — there’s a subculture I wasn’t aware of — whose 16-year-old daughter runs away with her Muslim boyfriend, prompting a multi-year, multi-continent search to “rescue” a young woman who by all indications doesn’t want to return. The transition is fairly seamless (Ethan Edwards’ racism translates into Alain’s Islamophobia quite effortlessly), with her father and young brother hitting brick walls and dead ends all the way, ignoring all indications that “she’s not your daughter anymore.” But it’s his obsession, ruining his life and his relationships — and then Bidegain suddenly veers, tinkering with the homage before dispensing with it all together to become something quietly devastating, and (especially in its final scenes) staggeringly powerful. But even when it diverges from it source, the thematic link is clear: this is ultimately a story about responsibility, and the humanity that must compel it.

  • ★★★½ review by Luis_989 on Letterboxd

    This is a french western, I had never seen one before and it was neat.

  • ★★★½ review by Mathieu Li-Goyette on Letterboxd

    Un remake de The Searchers où les Amérindiens sont remplacés par des djihadistes. Le ton est juste, les interprétations retenues et le montage intelligent (tout le contraire de ce à quoi je m'attendais). Ce gars-là est à suivre de près, parce que faire un western français qui ne soit pas poseur ni complexé, en soit, c'est tout un exploit.

  • ★★★★ review by otxjunior on Letterboxd

    The way the cuts ommit many years of the characters' lives like if they were nothing was very effective. Also no sides were taken. Very pleased with that.

  • ★★★½ review by GioSailor on Letterboxd

    Better than the reviews, and it got better as it went on, with strong finish, which is actually reverse of many recent films. Overacted in some parts, or maybe just predictably acted, and with somewhat weak music and sound design choices in parts. Cool surprise overall. Not quite 4 stars tho.

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