An unknown actor playing the constable and young Lucas Black have more sustained parts which scintillate.
But these valued components fail to coalesce, and we especially need for them to because our expectations are so high.
To John Grady it's self-evident that he should be with his lover Alejandra.
In a perfect world the coupling of two young lovers would not be opposed for any reason. For Alejandra—and especially her family—the social costs of a relationship with John Grady are simply too great for his love to overcome.
Wonder at the adventuresomeness of a story bold enough to leave many issues open and to resolve others against expectations.
And shake your head as it all falls apart because of one mediocre and one horrid performance.
John Grady Cole is introduced as a young man with big dreams.
He doesn't need much out of life, but he believes he's entitled to a life of beautiful horses and a beautiful woman as a wife.
Heavy breathing isn't acting, as Billy Bob knows, and her part is the only conventional element in an otherwise alternative plot.
Sam Shepard, Bruce Dern, Ruben Blades, and Miriam Colon put in supersolid performances, each in small monologues.