The Dead Don't Hurt


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Wed, Jul 10 7:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Thu, Jul 11 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2023
Run Time:129 minutes
Production Country:United States, Mexico, United Kingdom
Original Language:English, Spanish, French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Viggo Mortensen
Cast:Viggo Mortensen
Vicky Krieps
Danny Huston
Garrett Dillahunt
Solly McLeod


“The Dead Don’t Hurt” stars Viggo Mortensen (who also directed the film), Vicky Krieps, Danny Huston, Garrett Dillahunt and Solly McLeod.

“The Dead Don’t Hurt” is a story of star-crossed lovers on the western U.S. frontier in the 1860s.

Vivienne Le Coudy (Vicky Krieps) is a fiercely independent woman who embarks on a relationship with Danish immigrant Holger Olsen (Viggo Mortensen). After meeting Olsen in San Francisco, she agrees to travel with him to his home near the quiet town of Elk Flats, Nevada, where they start a life together.

The outbreak of the civil war separates them when Olsen makes a fateful decision to fight for the Union. This leaves Vivienne to fend for herself in a place controlled by corrupt Mayor Rudolph Schiller (Danny Huston) and his unscrupulous business partner, powerful rancher Alfred Jeffries (Garrett Dillahunt).

Alfred’s violent, wayward son Weston (Solly McLeod) aggressively pursues Vivienne, who is determined to resist his unwanted advances. When Olsen returns from the war, he and Vivienne must confront and make peace with the person each has become.

Both a tragic love story and a nuanced depiction of the conflict between revenge and forgiveness, “The Dead Don’t Hurt” is a portrait of a passionate woman determined to stand up for herself in an unforgiving world dominated by ruthless men.