The Dead Don't Hurt

Feminist western by Viggo Mortensen about Danish immigrants trying to build a life in a corrupt Nevada town in the 1860s. With Viggo Mortensen and Vicky Krieps.

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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. Left on her own, Vivienne must fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller and his business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries. Alfred’s violent, wayward son Weston aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances.

THE DEAD DON’T HURT slides between points in time, beginning near what is, in fact, the story’s chronological end. The brilliance of Mortensen’s narrative structure is that it frontloads the lawlessness and mayhem we expect from a western, then gradually introduces the tenderness and moral integrity that give this film its true raison d’être. Framed in a style that emphasizes the relationship between character and landscape, and infused with multiple exquisite performances, this is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men. (source:

Viggo Mortensen, Canada, 2023, 129 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Vicky Krieps, Viggo Mortensen, Solly McLeod, Garret Dillahunt, Danny Huston.