Category: In Competition
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
It's been a while since Mr Congeniality took his debut, Three Burials, to Cannes in 2005, but the fact it has been ushered straight into the competition suggests this is a worthy successor. A story once eyed by Paul Newman, The Homesman is based on the 1988 novel by Glendon Swarthout. He also wrote The Shootist, filmed as John Wayne's final role. Rather like Quentin Tarantino's ongoing Hateful Eight project, it's a Western-slash-road movie, which finds a claim jumper and a pioneer woman teaming up to escort three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa.