“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” the first film to be directed by Tommy Lee Jones, will be shown starting at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28 at the Smith Opera House.
It may also be seen at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30.
Deeply felt and full of dark humor that reflects the absurdities inherent in life (and death), Jones' movie is ultimately an affirmation that every human being is important — not just to friends and family, but to society as a whole.
The film deals with the life and death of Melquiades Estrada (played by Julio Cesar Cedillo), a Mexican vaquero illegally living and working in the West Texas border area of Cibolo County. Melquiades works for rugged, salt-of-the-earth ranch foreman Pete Perkins (Jones), and the two form a friendship built on a mutual love for horses, the outdoors and a good Freddy Fender song.
This drama is rated R and has a running time of two hours. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at the door.