An interview with Tom & Jessica which is dubbed to French (oh, how I abhor dubbing! Should be outlawed). And so here’s a translation/transcript:
Tom: When Maggie & Forrest meet, it’s the meeting of two women.
Jessica: What you mean is that after she arrives, she becomes the head of the household.
T: It’s not gender specific, it’s not about a certain masculine quality. She takes control of the situation and becomes the leader of the pack. Yes.
J: Forrest is physically the strongest…
J: He’s got… not an appetite, but a tolerance for violence, and his aggression. He’s absolutely the strongest. But in tems of his emotional life, his emotional vulnerability, he’s so…
J: Frail and walled up.
T: As soon as Maggie walks into his life, he’s no longer the mother of his brothers because there’s a real woman now. Since their mother dies, there wasn’t a woman around anymore and he had to take care of his brothers. When Maggie arrived he had no purpose anymore.
J: John Hillcoat is a very interesting filmmaker, his films are unlike any others. This isn’t a gangster film like The Untouchables or a western like The Unforgiven. He is able to combine things to make something all of his own.