Dust (2003)



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Following up on his acclaimed debut After the Rain, Milcho Manchevski spins this ambitious, and unusual, Balkan western. The film opens in New York with an old woman, living in a crammed apartment full of old photos, who outwits a burglar and forces him to listen to her stories. She recounts the saga of Luke and Elijah, a couple freewheeling cowboys during the heyday of the American West. A fight over a whore named Lily ends their friendship; Elijah marries her while Luke turns into an … More

Rating: R (for sequences of strong violence, sexual content, and language)
Genre: Western, Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Milcho Manchevski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 11, 2003
Lions Gate Films


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Critic Reviews for Dust

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (7)

The bloodthirsty Dust lurches so wildly and meaninglessly between genres and time frames that all it creates is motion sickness.

August 21, 2003
New York Post
Top Critic

Dazzling and dazed.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
New York Times
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Dust is a bust, a big bad movie of the scope, ambition and bravura that could be made only by a talented filmmaker run amok.

Full Review… | August 21, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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Manchevski stumbles headlong into a tangle of mismatched tones and plot points.

Full Review… | August 20, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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In reaching for a cubist style of storytelling, [Manchevski] sacrifices character and motivation.

Full Review… | August 19, 2003
Village Voice
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Full Review… | August 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Dust

Essentially, the story is of a burglar (Lester) who breaks into a house of an old woman (Murphy) in New York and she tells him the story of American cowboys (Fiennes and Wenham) in the Ottoman Empire in Macedonia and their tangled fraternal love/hatred when confronted with a beautiful woman. It's a story that dips in and out of narrative timelines. David Wenham and Joseph Fiennes play two cowboy brothers that wind up in Macedonia, fighting on different sides in a bloody conflict between the Macedonian natives and the oppressive Ottomans. Luke fights on the Ottoman side because they pay in gold, Elijah on the Macedonian because they are the right side. There are many bloody scenes here and it is one thing that I don't like with this film. The overall carnage gets too exhausting, simply put. And there is no real thrill in it either, except for the villains getting killed. The parallel stories intertwining aren't nearly as effective here as in "Before the rain". The plot with the black burglar and the old woman is weak and ineffective. Only the dramatic relationship between Luke (Wenham)and Elijah (Fiennes) and their rivalry over the beautiful and headstrong Lilith (unknown but solid actress) is what makes this film interesting and worthwhile. Wenham gives a really powerful performance here and even overshadows both Fiennes and the rest of the cast. Well worth watching.

Danielle S

First of: David Wenham fan!
Now that that's out, he makes one HOT cowboy...even though he sounds a little weird.

Lammy !

This otherwise solid action/drama "western" period piece is damaged severely by a bookend storyline set in the present that takes the impact of the central story and bashes its head against a sharp rock. A lost opportunity at a truly memorable film.

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