26 April 2023

The first trailer for Pedro Pascal’s queer western ‘Strange Way of Life’ has arrived

The film, directed by Pedro Almodóva, sees Pascal star alongside Ethan Hawke.

Fresh off the success of HBO’s The Last of Us and Disney+’s Star Wars epic The Mandalorian, the internet’s favourite star Pedro Pascal is back, this time joined by Ethan Hawke in the first trailer for Pedro Almodóvar’s upcoming queer western Strange Way of Life.

The film, which is slated to debut at the Cannes Film Festival in just a few weeks, stars Pascal as cowboy Silva as he crosses the desert to visit his friend Sheriff Jake (Hawke). 

The film’s official synopsis reads “A man rides a horse across the desert that separates him from Bitter Creek. He comes to visit Sheriff Jake. Twenty-five years earlier, both the sheriff and Silva, the rancher who rides out to meet him, worked together as hired gunmen. Silva visits him with the excuse of reuniting with his friend from his youth, and they do indeed celebrate their meeting, but the next morning Sheriff Jake tells him that the reason for his trip is not to go down the memory lane of their old friendship.”


Going by what we can see in the trailer, there’s more than meets the eye to the pair’s friendship with raw, unresolved tension on display. A back and forth of conflict and intimacy throughout the trailer, Silva’s declaration that “You’ve never loved me, you’ve never loved anyone in your life” is met with some classic western gun-slinging from Jake.

The film’s queer themes have drawn comparison to Ang Lee’s 2005 western Brokeback Mountain, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, and won Lee the trophy for Best Director. Time will tell if Strange Way of Life will bring a similar wave of acclaim, as it similarly explores queerness against the backdrop of the western and its brand of traditional masculinity.

Strange Way of Life marks Almodóvar’s second English-language film, following The Human Voice starring Tilda Swinton, which debuted at The Venice Film Festival back in 2020. The film will debut at Cannes next month before a wider release later this year.

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