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Film: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Sunday, March 9, 2008 - 3:00pm
"Passively cantankerous by its name alone, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada would probably not be titled such unless filmmaker Tommy Lee Jones purposefully intended for English-language speakers to struggle with pronouncing it. The prevalent lack of understanding between the United States and its neighbor Mexico is the bedrock of Jones's melancholic modern western, a grim homily on border culture convincing in its indignation but cut short of gravitas by screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga's periodic stacking of the deck. Jones plays Pete Perkins, a Texas ranch foreman wracked with overwhelming sadness after the unresolved shooting death of his close friend and hired hand, a soft-spoken illegal named Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cisar Cedillo). On a tip from a flinty local waitress (the great character actress Melissa Leo), Pete uncovers that the Estrada's murderer was border patrolman Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) and enacts a vigilante punishmentkidnapping him at gunpoint in the dark of night, forcing him to exhume Estrada's corpse and make the miles-long journey on horseback across the border to provide a proper burial in his native Mexican village."

- Slant Magazine

What: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005 Dir. Tommy Lee Jones)
Format: 35mm Film
121 minutes
Mar 7-8 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, Mar 9 @ 3 pm
5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

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