Les Cowboys


Les Cowboys (2016)


Critic Consensus: Les Cowboys pays absorbing homage to John Ford's The Searchers while staking its own claim as a thoughtful and narratively distinctive modern Western.


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A vast prairie, a country & western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain is a central figure in this community. He's dancing with his daughter Kelly, 16, as his wife and their young son Kid watch from the sidelines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to some far-off places. Dark, unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest.

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It takes a lot of confidence for a director to pay homage to John Ford's "The Searchers" (1956), and in the case of Thomas Bidegain's "Les Cowboys" it is not altogether unwarranted.

Jul 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Bidegain and cinematographer Arnaud Potier speak multitudes with wide-angle, slow-panning shots that immerse us in a post-9/11 quagmire that's never less than utterly personal.

Jun 30, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"Les Cowboys" keeps you off-kilter from the start.

Jun 30, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Remaking a classic John Ford western might sound like a good idea, but there's just one problem: You're not John Ford.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It proceeds with a hushed tone that wants to be taken for observant modesty, but eventually reveals itself as suffocating self-importance.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

With all this working against it, Les Cowboys strikes a fresh chord.

Jun 24, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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