You never bet against Marty, but even he knows when he needs some extra advisement. Killers of the Flower Moon, the latest epic from the legendary director, has received a rapturous reception from its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, including an outpour of ecstatic reviews on Letterboxd.
Chronicling the horrific murders of Osage Nation people in the 1920s, those praising Flower Moon have noted the decision to place narrative perspective on the marriage of Mollie and Ernest Burkhart (Lily Gladstone and Leonardo DiCaprio, both outstanding), using this relationship to interrogate both the collective and personal levels on which these crimes were felt.
At the press conference the day after the film’s premiere, Chief Standing Bear, leader of the Osage Nation, described how that focus was vital to Scorsese’s telling of the story. “I asked Mr. Scorsese, how are you going to approach the story? He said, ‘I’m going to tell a story about trust,’” the Chief told the attendees. “‘Trust between Molly and Ernest, trust between the outside world and the Osage and a betrayal of those trusts, deep betrayal.’
“My people suffered greatly, and to this very day, those effects are with us. But I can say on behalf of the Osage, Martin Scorsese and his team have restored trust, and we know that trust will not be betrayed.”