"There was always some degree of meaning. Like, I knew going into it, if I’m going to be so bold as to put a title like this on a movie, I should have at least some answer that’s not completely facetious. But it was never facetious, like I was never putting it on there just to court attention or court people wondering why I used this title. It had a very… The resonance, just that phrase, gave the movie something important enough to actually stick with it.
But I love, you know… I was raised in the Catholic Church, and I was raised to think that sainthood was the ultimate position someone could aspire towards within that religion, and so I’ve always equated saintliness to being some degree of good. And I love the idea of also people trying to do the right thing. That’s something that has always mattered to me. It’s always been important to me to just be good. And I wanted to make a movie where you have a bunch of people who, in another movie might be terrible people, or perhaps before the movie started, they were terrible people, but in this case, in the world of this movie, in the context of this movie, they are all trying to make the right choice, all aspiring to do right by the people around them. Whatever their own definition of that is. Every character has their own definition of that. But they’re all trying, and all aspiring towards making the right choice. And that was something that was very important to me in the script stage, and I felt that the title – if I was going to be asked to break it down, which I knew I would – that was what why I felt like it was a valid choice.
And then beyond that, it’s just that the idiomatic American quality of it, the sound of an old folk song, I felt set the stage for what the movie was. So if you take that title into the movie with you… That’s all I really hope people do. Just go buy a ticket to the movie, they know it’s called “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” that puts their mind to just a certain space, to where they’ll hopefully be that much more prepared for the movie.”