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by Eric Eidelstein
May 8, 2014 9:12 AM
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Exclusive: Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in Heated Scene From Cannes Entry 'The Rover'

Australian director David Michôd's ("Animal Kingdom") much-anticipated crime drama "The Rover" will premiere out of competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, but before then, here's an exclusive clip featuring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

In the scene we see an intimate and angry conversation between the Pearce character, who seeks revenge from a group of dangerous criminals after they steal his last possession, and Pattinson, one of the criminals left behind after being shot. 

In addition to the clip, Michôd also gave an exclusive statement to Indiewire. Check them both out below. A24 opens "The Rover" June 13.

"The Australian Outback of The Rover is a world ten years after a great Western economic collapse. It’s a near future of social and economic decay. Services, utilities, law and order have fallen into dangerous disrepair. And yet people from all corners of the world have come to this place to work the mines that feed the new world alignment, that feed the great powerhouses of this, the Asian century.

The world of the movie, as such, mirrors the American and Australian gold rushes of the 19th century. People are drawn to the land's mines and with them come the leeches, the refuse, the hustlers and criminals who hope to exploit the mines’ margins.

This isn't a complete collapse of society - it's an inversion of present-day global power dynamics. This is Australia as resource-rich Third World country.  This is the violence and unrest of contemporary Sierra Leone or the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

And at the centre of this world are two men - one, a murderously embittered Australian man, a former soldier who has lost his farm and his family; the other, a simple and naive American boy, too young to remember a time when things were anything other than what they are."


  • Jess | May 9, 2014 10:20 PMReply

    Such strong performances from both of them. Pearce is so hard and cruel, breaking Pattinson down. And he shows so much vulnerability. Even in this short clip, his face is so expressive, you can see him go from bravado about believing in his brother to questioning that, and slowly realizing that maybe he can't trust his brother as much as he thought he could.

    Superb acting. I think Michod has another powerful winner on his hands.

  • ali | May 8, 2014 3:39 PMReply

    This movie will be really good. Michod is such a talent. Can't wait.
    Pearce is almost always excellent and kudos to Pattinson for moving in the right direction.

  • sellout | May 8, 2014 1:24 PMReply

    Indiewire just wants clicks non? LOL So sad.

  • Just Sayin | May 9, 2014 10:23 PM

    @Sellout. Do you think these jealous, petty comments you make everywhere are going to make anyone like her? Or dislike Pattinson? Because your lame comments only make people dislike you, and by extension, her. Her fans already have a horrible reputation, you only perpetuate that. Get a life.

  • C | May 9, 2014 2:30 AM

    I see you clicked on the other article too. Just can't stay away can you? I can't wait too see how you rephrase this and what name you come up with next. It's very entertaining.

  • La | May 8, 2014 5:16 PM

    And you clicked just to post this comment?

  • seriously | May 8, 2014 3:57 PM

    You can't get anymore obvious with the bitterness...

  • CAPTAINOBVIOUS | May 8, 2014 1:57 PM

    The only sad one here is you. This is a film site. The Rover is a film and people are excited about it. Deal with it.
    Some films appear more interesting than others. Calling them sad and sellout is not going to stop them from posting about Robert Pattinson or this movie. You just have to accept that and click on another article. Or better yet, save yourself the stress and don't visit this sellout site.

  • JOHN | May 8, 2014 11:54 AMReply

    This looks like it will be another excellent film by Michôd. Guy and Robert look great.

  • Guest | May 8, 2014 10:15 AMReply

    Such intensity and quiet. Pearce is frightening and Pattinson does a good job with the naive vulnerability. Look forward to seeing more.