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RE: Experts on "No Country for Old Men"

>> 1. Shugar goes to the motel in Del Rio, breaks into
>> Room 138 and murders several guys in there, who
>> have apparently rented the room. Earlier when Luellen
>> had returned to the motel, he rented room 38 in back
>> and told the clerk he wanted to keep both rooms rented,
>> so he still was in theory the occupant of Room 138 and yet
>> the Mexicans apparently rented it and moved in. Did I miss
>> something? That room should have been empty since Luellen
>> had it booked in addition to Room 38.

The Mexicans were staying in the room adjacent to Llewelyn's initial room, waiting to ambush him. That's why he wisely never returned to Room 138. Chigurh targeted the Mexicans because they were his competition.

>> 2. Was there any explanation as to how the cartel knew that
>> Luwellen was at that motel in El Paso at the end? I know the
>> old lady said they were going to El Paso, but that's a big town.
>> How'd they find him so fast?

I can't remember exactly but I think Llewelyn told his wife he'd be staying at a motel near the airport. She must have told her mom who is a big blabbermouth and started spilling all the info to the Mexican who was pretending to be a gentleman.

>> 3. I had another one but forgot what. Oh, now remember:
>> Bell the sheriff goes back to the motel in El Paso at night after
>> the events of the day. For some unknown reason, Shugar is waiting
>> in one of the two adjacent rooms taped off by the local police. The
>> money is gone, Luellen is dead, it's apparently all finished. So why is
>> Shugar in the motel room? He must have gone under the tape to get
>> in, and should have known the police had been there and that the
>> money was gone. Makes no sense to me.

The scene is meant to show Bell's fears as he goes back to investigate the scene. He is so afraid he can barely enter the room, even though he knows it is empty. It is arguably the most significant and haunting scene in the film. The rest of the movie shows him unable to get his fear under control, leading him to retire and face his dreams at the end of the movie.

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