The Dead Don't Hurt

R / 129min


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Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2023
Genre:Western, Romance
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Viggo Mortensen
Cast:Vicky Krieps, Viggo Mortensen, Solly McLeod
Screenwriter:Viggo Mortensen
Music By:Viggo Mortensen



The Dead Don't Hurt is a story of star-crossed lovers on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s. Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Viggo Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, she agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada, where they start a life together. The outbreak of the civil war separates them when Olsen makes a fateful decision to fight for the Union. This leaves Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garret Dillahunt). Alfred's violent, wayward son Weston (Solly McLeod) aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances. When Olsen returns from the war, he and Vivienne must confront and make peace with the person each has become. Both a tragic love story and a nuanced depiction of the conflict between revenge and forgiveness, The Dead Don't Hurt is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men.


The time-jumping is Mortensen’s masterstroke and it confers a wrenching sadness on the relationship between Vivienne and Holger, even in the most open and ingenuous stages of their love. - Kevin Maher, Times (UK)

Captivating framing drives this lyrical, romantic western. - Maxwell Rabb, Chicago Reader