Study Guide

No Country for Old Men Setting


West Texas, 1980

No Country has a lot going for it: great acting, great dialogue, star directors. It also has a great setting, with long, gorgeous shots of the West Texas landscape. In fact, the landscape is so stunning that you might not realize immediately that there's no musical soundtrack at all, just the constant sound of wind whistling through the sand of the hard and cracked Texas landscape.

In a sense, the landscape stands in as a symbol for No Country's worldview: the world is a barren and violent place that's full of death, but there's still some hard beauty in all of it. And that hard beauty is better known as the cracked and dry land of West Texas.