Surprised to see I'm the first to post on this very good movie. It's a story of attempted reconciliation and ultimate revenge, universal cliches and rote acting. Nevertheless the film worked for me and got me to post this lone observation.
Ripstein usually employs hammer blows of pathos and psychological ambiguity, not so here. This could have been just another Hollywood Western (High Noon) but Arturo offers his unique branding and one empathizes with the lead character and his rejection of foolish machismo.
If you run across this movie give it a shot...if you're a guy you'll probably like it. If you're female this film will induce ire so beware.
what ails most madmen is realitys grasp or escape, a paralysis of analysis