What truly is the measure of a man?
Somehow this film hits every beat of the western genre in a way that feels entirely fresh - both universal in feeling and culturally distinct in dynamic.
The burgeoning layers of tension, the likelihood of violence, the surprise of tenderness and the stoic awe of nature are all powerful forces when played right, as director Valeska Grisebach so admirably does here. Her observation of men on the fringes, both of society and of their own grasp of socialization, is nuanced. She is probing, not condemnatory, and with this spirit guiding the film one is left both moved and contemplative.
Western is one of those accomplishments where you think to yourself, "Oh but I would be proud to have made that film."; but you didn't - so you thank God that Grisebach did. 4.5 stars.