SXSW Film Reviews

SXSW Film Reviews


D: Michèle Ohayon

Documentary Feature Competition

No one can tame Eros, but it can be corralled, coaxed, and cultivated. That's what Ivan Thompson, the Cowboy Cupid, believes. With a West Texas twang, gringo Spanish, and a wry sense of humor, this unconventional matchmaker sets up U.S. men with Mexican women, disillusioned with their choices South of the border. Comparing his work to trading horses or going fishing, it would be easy to despise Thompson as a lowdown sexist pig out to make a buck from desperate men who find American women "too hard to please." That's not entirely absent – even if Ohayon steers away from a direct critique of gender and cultural politics – because Thompson understands loneliness. He's pleased to end that suffering for his clients, while determined to find good women worthy mates. And, dang it, he's so gosh darn likable. Even the most intractable feminist will find a soft spot for this wily love trader.

Cowboy del Amor received both the Jury and Audience awards for Documentary Feature at the SXSW Film 05 awards.

Austin Convention Center, 2pm

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners

Monica Riese, Jan. 30, 2014

Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
Mindy Kaling Comes to SXSW
The comedian and showrunner will speak March 9

Monica Riese, Jan. 21, 2014

More by Belinda Acosta
Margaret Moser Tribute: Marcia Ball
Marcia Ball
“She’s a music writer who writes to enlighten”

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: Eliza Gilkyson
Eliza Gilkyson
The best advice she ever received? Keep your dogs clean.

June 30, 2017

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle