Facing formidable frontiers

TOMMY Lee Jones has a very distinctive presence on screen: a hard-bitten, take-no-prisoners gruffness that you know is much more than skin deep.

He has taken to directing films after appearing in many and watching the talents and mistakes of others, the way many actors begin a career behind the camera.

In the two feature films he’s directed for the cinema, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) and in this, The Homesman, he has placed himself centre screen. Eschewing the essential maleness of Melquiades Estrada, The Homesman focuses very much on a woman, 31-year-old Mary

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