Damsel ★★★½

'Days of Heaven' + 'Colossal' + 'Dead Man' + 'Death Proof'.

a.k.a., Men Are Fucking Exhausting: The Movie.

Magnificently shot by Adam Stone, a frequent collaborator with Jeff Nichols ('Shotgun Stories', 'Take Shelter', 'Midnight Special').

It loses some steam in the second half -- by design, I suspect, but eventually the meandering starts to wear thin. Still: Slow and steady and gratifying, with enough arid absurdity to qualify as a kind of deconstructionist Western comedy. Iron-shod feminist in its ethos, and, amazingly, it *stays* that way right to the hilariously bitter end. It never blinks, even when given every opportunity.