New Trailer for Pedro Pascal, Ethan Hawke’s Queer Cowboy Drama Just Dropped and We’re Here for It
This is perhaps one of the trailers we’ve been looking forward to the most this year — at least for those of us in the LGBTQ+ community. It’s the first look at “Strange Way Of Life,” Pedro Almodóvar’s queer western featuring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke.
In the best Almodovar style, the trailer shows us the reunion of Silva (Pascal) and Sheriff Jake, two cowboys who had worked as guns for hire 25 years ago. Silva comes with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth. But the next morning, Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is different.
“I must say no more so as not to give away all the surprises of the script,” Almodóvar said. “The strange way of life referred to in the title alludes to the famous fado by Amalia Rodrigues, whose lyrics suggest that there is no stranger existence than the one that is lived by turning your back on your own desires.”
A different love story
The acclaimed Spanish director’s second English-language production was shot in southern Spain and produced by Agustin Almodovar and Esther Garcia. “Strange Way of Life” will also feature the talents of Pedro Casablanc, Manu Rios, George Steane, and Daniela Medina, among others.
However, what has kept critics waiting for “Strange Way of Life” has been the desire to see a new approach to the Western genre from a queer perspective.
We had already seen it with “Brokeback Mountain” twenty years ago. But if anyone knows how to make queer cinema, it’s Almodóvar.
“This is a queer western in the sense that there are two men, and they love each other, and they behave in that situation in an opposite way,” said Almodóvar on an episode of “Dua Lipa: At Your Service.” “What I can tell you about the film is that it has a lot of the elements of the Western. It has the gunslinger, the ranch, and the sheriff. But what it has that most Westerns don’t have is the kind of dialogue that I don’t think a Western film has ever captured between two men. And now I think I’m telling you too much.”
And we are sure that the Spanish director will not disappoint us.
In the new trailer, we can see glimpses of intimate moments between Silva and Sheriff Jake and the diatribes that undermine all love stories.
“Strange Way of Life” will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.