The Counselor (spelled The Counsellor in some markets), 2013. A British-American thriller film. Directed by Ridley Scott, from the first original film screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. Starring Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Rosie Perez, Ruben Blades and Brad Pitt.
The film deals with themes of greed, death, the primal instincts of humans and their consequences.
A literary theme of note: The poet Antonio Machado is the source of the poetic verses used by the cartel kingpin, The Jefe, when speaking to The Counselor. In the second half of the film, The Jefe recites directly from the poem to The Counselor, “Caminante, no hay camino. Se hace camino al andar,” which translates in its original context as: Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road — Only wakes upon the sea. This passage is taken from Machado’s poem Campos de Castilla. The Jefe uses the poem to inform The Counselor of his own impending demise. He concludes by telling The Counselor, “You are the world you have created. And when you cease to exist, that world you have created will also cease to exist.”
(On a personal note: Ridley Scott is the master with this exceptional film. After the adrenalin rush, to end with Malkina’s last line, I’m famished, was screen genius.)