The upcoming queer Western movie “Strange Way of Life” has released its first official trailer, and it’s already stirring up excitement among fans. The film features a star-studded cast, including Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke, who seem to have a complex relationship that is far from straightforward. Let’s delve into the movie and all that we know about it.

The Trailer

The first official trailer for “Strange Way of Life” shows Pedro Pascal’s character, cowboy Silva, traveling across the desert to visit his old friend Sheriff Jake, played by Ethan Hawke. However, things are not as simple as they seem, with Silva’s trip being for a more complicated reason than a mere reunion with an old friend.

Throughout the trailer, there is an undeniable tension between the two characters, with unresolved issues surfacing.

The dialogue between the two is intense, with Silva even saying, “You’ve never loved me, you’ve never loved anyone in your life.”

This sparks a classic Western gun-slinging scene between the two, hinting at the complexity of their relationship.

The Movie’s Influences

“Strange Way of Life” has drawn comparisons to Ang Lee’s 2005 Western “Brokeback Mountain,” which explored queerness against the backdrop of the Western genre. “Brokeback Mountain” received widespread acclaim, including multiple Academy Award nominations and a win for Best Director. It remains to be seen whether “Strange Way of Life” will succeed similarly.

Director Pedro Almodóvar spoke about the movie in an interview, stating that “It’s about masculinity in a deep sense because the Western is a male genre.” He went on to add, “It has the gunslinger, it has the ranch, it has 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.”

The Director

“Strange Way of Life” is Pedro Almodóvar’s second English-language movie, following “The Human Voice,” which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2020. Almodóvar is known for his work in the Spanish film industry and has directed many critically acclaimed movies, including “All About My Mother,” “Talk to Her,” and “Volver.”

The Premiere

The movie is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, where it will compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or award. The wider release of the movie is set to follow later this year.


What is “Strange Way of Life” about?

“Strange Way of Life” is a Western movie that explores queerness against the backdrop of traditional Western masculinity. It follows the story of cowboy Silva, played by Pedro Pascal, as he reunites with his friend Sheriff Jake, played by Ethan Hawke, after many years apart.

Who directed “Strange Way of Life”?

“Strange Way of Life” is directed by Pedro Almodóvar, a Spanish filmmaker known for his critically acclaimed movies such as “All About My Mother” and “Talk to Her.”

When is “Strange Way of Life” set to release?

The movie is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2023 and is expected to have a wider release later in the year.

Source: Collider