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25 March 2016: Blood Simple

Blood Simple
Ethan and Joel Coen
1983 | 95 min | Colour | Digital

In Ethan and Joel Coen's first feature neo-noir film crime thriller, Visser, an unscrupulous private eye hired by Texas bar owner Marty to murder Marty's faithless wife Abby and her paramour, Ray, one of Marty's employees. But Visser is no more up-front with Marty than with anyone else; he makes some slight modifications of the original plan so that it better serves his own best interests. After a surprise double-cross and the murder of one of the important players, matters spiral out of control, and the plot gyrates through a complicated string of darkly humorous events. False assumptions, guilt, and fear all lead to a frantic attempt to conceal evidence and the heart-pounding, irony-filled denouement.

Part of our Coen Brothers season