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First of all, the movie is based on the novel of the same name by Cormac McCarthy. Numerous times in the course of the movie you can see Sheriff Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) expressing his thoughts on a moral corruption in society nowadays and often compares it to the time of his predecessors ("oldtimers"). One example quote taken from IMDB: I was ...


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Not 100% definitive, but I always thought that he did. Evidence that he kills her: Its explicitly stated that he does in the book The shot of him inspecting his boots on the way out implies that he is checking for blood


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The film doesn't give us an answer, but the book does. Chigurh (as explained to Carson Wells in the novel) allowed himself to be arrested (he was pulled over after he left the scene) for killing a man in a parking lot after the man said something Chigurh didn't like. He (Chigurh) wanted to see if he could "will" his way out of the situation. Although the ...


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The title refers to the idea that the nature of evil has changed, and old value systems no longer apply. Both the movie and the book versions of No Country For Old Men repeatedly touch on how the aging-sheriff protagonist feels he's no longer a match for modern criminals. Going a little deeper, I believe the title is a commentary on geopolitics in the ...


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The title implies that the sheriff is old and outdated. Unable to handle the crimes of today's crazy criminals. Llewelyn Moss represents the modern day worker. Who gets caught up in the criminal world. Llewelyn should have been able to make his escape with the money, because he demonstrates a coolness under pressure and modern cleverness. He represents the ...


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It's about the fear of aging/death, and the title is taken from a Yeats poem. The story is really about the sheriff. He's unable to cope with modernity and continuously refers to how the old days or old timers were and talks as if the world is going downhill. Moss represents the youthful search for materialism, while Chigurh represents death. Death can ...


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The story is absolutely about Sheriff Bell, and despite the fact that the majority of the action focuses on Llewelyn Moss, his story is really only a subplot. The main arc of the story actually concerns itself with Bell's decision to quit policing in the face of what he considers to be unstoppable violence. That is the subtext behind the movie's title, as ...


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I don't know that I necessarily disagree with the other answer posted but I've read the book and seen the film and I don't think that an "explanation" can be copied so easily from one to the other. I found the difference in the way they treat the character of Chigurh is so great that the two stories are practically independent. In the film, Chigurh is ...


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Having read the book, I was under the impression it was the Mexicans who took the heroin, that is, the same guys who chase Moss after he returns to the cars in the night. When Moss first finds the cars and the drugs, it is clear that he doesn't take the heroin with him: "He wet his forefinger and dipped it in the powder and smelled it. Then he wiped his ...


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I think that people are impressed because of the role of the psychopathe. In this movie Javier Bardem proves to everyone that he is an excellent actor. His performance is just amazing, the end leaves the spectator breathless. The story is not so incredible, it's just the story of a man chased by another one. In my opinion, the movie is priceless because of ...


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He's in the room next door. If you watch the scene again, Tommy Lee Jones notices the lock is destroyed and then proceeds to clear the room. The scene then cuts to Chigurh in another room of the motel listening to the sheriff and watching his movements as shadows through the destroyed lock of the door leading to the adjoining room. Reference: ...


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Was he anticipating Chigurh to also be there, as the conversation with the local sheriff hinted at it? I am not sure he really expected him to be there. It was more of a hunch, triggered by what the local Sheriff told him: ROSCOE: That don't hardly say it. He shoots the desk clerk one day, and walks right back in the next and shoots a retired army ...


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I point to this link. http://www.ericdsnider.com/blog/2008/01/07/no-country-for-old-men-bell-and-chigurh-and-the-motel-room/ I think Bell went back to face his fear, as the writer suggests. This article doesn't explicitly suggest Bell returned to find Chigurh, but more so to face his fears of death and irrelevance as he ages. As the scene unfolds, Bell ...


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As mentioned in the comments, the movie's themes are explored and contrasted in some detail in this wiki. Some viewers focus on certain aspects of the plot while others prefer other aspects. In light of the title of the film, the following critiques are probably good summaries of what you could interpret from this Cormac McCarthy story: William J. Devlin ...



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