Precious Bodily Fluids

No Time for No Country

I’m putting down here my bare-bones notes for this great film, because I didn’t get around to filling them in back when my memory was fresh. At some point a repeat-viewing might allow some expansion. For now, do your best making sense of these, if you want.

“Hold still” – twice in first moments of film. Recall this later when Anton & Bell sit in front of same TV.

“Baby, things happen. I can’t take ’em back.” – Llewelyn

“Ridin’ bitch.”

Sharing the same milk, same reflection: “He’s seen the same things I’ve seen, and it’s certainly made an impression on me.” – Bell

Simplicity of choice: Llewelyn’s choice of rooms, rates.

Coen supporting characters – quirky-looking: gas station attendant, art lady, hotel lady, clothing store manager, Llewelyn’s mother-in-law, roadside assistant

Reflection: TV, hotel window, hotel mirror, truck side mirror, broken mirror in second hotel, shop window

Red quarter in Anton’s pocket

Woody Harrelson is country meets city, or country in the city.

Mexican singers

“Doesn’t have a sense of humor.” – ultimate evil in Coens’ world

Llewelyn is “retired welder”

Llewelyn & Anton share a phone call.

“Can’t make up somethin’ like that. How dare you to even try?…Can’t help but laughin’ myself sometimes.”

Camera tiring of watching? It looks away in skyscraper murder, second roadside murder, hotel massacre.

“Who’d do such a thing? How do you defense against it?”

“What you got, ain’t nothin’ new. Can’t stop what’s comin’. No waitin’ on you. That’s vanity.” Rural wisdom.

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2 thoughts on “No Time for No Country

  1. I also noticed that red quarter in Anton’s pocket, and this blog post is the only place on the internet I can find that references it. Firstly, it’s a pretty cool and subtle detail. Secondly, what’s the deal with those red quarters? I mean seriously. I’ve seen them in the past and paid them no mind, but seeing one mixed in with Anton’s pocket change made me curious. Where do they come from? Why just red – why not blue?

  2. I’m sure that as more of the detail-oriented critics (i.e. academics) publish articles about the film, more mention will be made of the quarter. Off-hand, I assumed that its redness had to do with blood, the only other element that was consistently red throughout the film. As blood-stained currency, the coin connected Bardem’s character with the suitcase of cash, also blood money. But this could be a pretty superficial interpretation.

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