Tommy Lee Jones stands for both the directing and the script, and he also plays the lead role in this westerndrama. George Briggs (Jones) is rescued from hanging by the brave pioneer Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Everything happened in the last minute. As a thank you she forces Briggs to help her bring three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa. It will be a five-week trip with three mad women and a lot of dangers along the way, often with life at stake. "It is a rough image of the West portrayed, filled with starvation, fraud, murder and abuse, but also of civilian courage, human decency and love, often from people without apparent heroic qualities such as skills with weapons," writes Michael Tapper in Sydsvenskan. He concludes: "As a whole, however, The homesman is an artistically film about settlers with bodies and souls as windswept as the landscape they travel through. Never simple. Sometimes repulsive. But a movie by and for adults.