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THE DEAD DON’T HURT Trailer: Viggo Mortensen & Vicky Krieps Find Love in the Wild West

Vicky Krieps and Viggo Mortensen in THE DEAD DON'T HURT

This seems to be the year the Western genre makes a resurgence, especially with the first two parts of Kevin Costner’s Horizon: An American Saga and Pedro Almodover’s short film A Strange Way of Life (now streaming on Netflix). Now, Viggo Mortensen is putting a quieter, romantic, and feminist spin on the genre with his newest directorial venture, The Dead Don’t Hurt. Directing from his own script, Mortensen and Vicky Krieps star as two immigrants in the 1860s who fall in love and move together to a Nevada town where carnage and heartbreak await. Solly McLeod, Garrett Dillahunt, Colin Morgan, Ray McKinnon, and Danny Huston also star. Mortensen also produces alongside Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas.  Following its world premiere at TIFF last year, Shout! Studios has released the official trailer ahead of its May 31 theatrical release.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Dead Don’t Hurt is a story of star-crossed lovers on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s. Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holgen Olsen (Viggo Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, she agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada, where they start a life together. The outbreak of the civil war separates them when Olsen makes a fateful decision to fight for the Union. This leaves Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garrett Dillahunt). Alfred’s violent, wayward son Weston (Solly McLeod) aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances. When Olsen returns from the war, he and Vivienne must confront and make peace with the person each has become.

Check out the trailer below.


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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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