*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Hell or High Water

Come along with me as we view and discuss this remarkable film, nominated for Best Picture of the Year for 2016. Hell or High Water is an American neo-Western crime thriller that follows two brothers who carry out a series of bank robberies to save their family ranch. Ann Hornely of The Washington Post states, “Brilliantly written by Taylor Sheridan, perfectly executed by director David Mackenzie and featuring stunning performances from Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster, and Chris Pine, this alternately funny and sober-minded cat-and-mouse tale entertained and evoked present day economic realities with sensitivity and smarts.”  We will view approximately 20 to 30 minutes of the film each week, followed by discussion and examination of the potential themes presented in the film: its Robin Hoodesque nature, the character and flavor of West Texas, the omnipresence of guns and consequences which follow, the history of the land and who it actually belongs to, and the complex relationships occuring between the Native Americans, Texans, and Mexicans portrayed in the film. The last five minutes of the film alone are worth a class in and of themselves! The film is, in many respects, a modern day morality tale. Please refrain from watching the film beforehand, as its impact is most deeply felt in the first viewing.

Instructor Bio:

Ms. Askounis was a psychotherapist dealing with marriage and family issues for 30 years. She holds a PhD in counseling from UVA. She previously taught English at both the secondary and college levels.   

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A28 Anna Askounis Sep 8, 15, 22, 29 Fr 10:00-11:30 a.m. OLLI Conference Room WL

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