This often comic, off-kilter revisionist western follows Jay, a naive young man (Smit-McPhee) stumbling across late 1800s America in search of his sweetheart. With his Walden-esque guide to surviving the Canadian frontier, Jay takes a rational but ineffective approach to navigating the travails of his romantic quest. Luckily for him, along the way he meets bounty hunter Silas (Fassbender) who proceeds, for a few silver dollars, to ride shotgun, protecting his young companion from all manner of horrifying scrapes.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.