Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie
Film // October 11, 2016

Hell or High Water is a polite portrait into dirty local politics. Two brothers carry out robberies to save their farm, and enact revenge on predatory banks. The conflict between old, rural life and corporate capitalism, with a police force wedged between, offers the backdrop of this no fuss drama. Director David Mackenzie and cinematographer Giles Nuttgens unravel a gentle beauty–even in the face of ugly violence–through warm sunsets and cool, desert evenings. Hell or High Water is an ode to old ways with modern sensibilities.