A young woman in a cowboy hat (Vicky Krieps) looks off screen. Behind her are some wooden buildings in a small town and in the distance lie mountains.

About The Dead Don't Hurt

Set in the 1860s, Viggo Mortensen’s second outing as writer-director is an elegantly realized feminist western starring Mortenbsen and Vicky Krieps as immigrants attempting to forge a life in a corrupt Nevada town.

French-Canadian flower seller Vivienne Le Coudy (Krieps) and Danish carpenter Holger Olsen (Mortensen) meet in San Francisco. Vivienne is irreverent, fiercely independent, and refuses to wed, but agrees to travel with Holger to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada. There, they begin a life together until the couple are separated by Holger’s decision to fight for the Union in the burgeoning Civil War. Left on her own, Vivienne must fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston) and his business partner Alfred Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt).

Framed in a style that emphasizes the relationship between character and landscape, this is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men.

Booking info

Duration includes trailers, adverts and any Q&A/panel. For events such as NT Live, Colour Box and Reel & Meal there will be minimal advertising. We do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food & drink policy.

MAC’s cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI Film Audience Network and Film Hub Midlands.

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