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As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | | Drama | 22 October 2013 (USA)
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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

Director:

James Franco

Writers:

William Faulkner (based on a novel by), James Franco (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Franco ... Darl Bundren
Tim Blake Nelson ... Anse
Jim Parrack ... Cash
Ahna O'Reilly ... Dewey Dell
Logan Marshall-Green ... Jewel
Brady Permenter ... Vardaman Bundren
Danny McBride ... Vernon Tull
Beth Grant ... Addie Bundren
Brian Lally ... Dr. Peabody
Jennifer Kristen Howell ... Cora Tull (as Jennifer Howell)
Natalie Minton Natalie Minton ... Kate Tull
Anna Kooris Anna Kooris ... Eula Tull
Steve Nabors Steve Nabors ... Reverend Whitfield
John Still John Still ... Samson
Susan McMillin Susan McMillin ... Mrs. Samson
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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing images, some sexual content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último deseo See more »

Filming Locations:

Canton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,143, 13 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,009, 18 October 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original book, upon which the movie is based, is told from the perspective of fifteen different characters over fifty-nine chapters. Split screens are used throughout much of the movie, and this is designed to reflect the different perspectives of the characters. See more »

Goofs

Different actors play Lafe and McCallum. As Cleanth Brooks pointed out shortly after the novel was written, these two are the same person: Lafe McCallum. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Addie Bundren: My father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead for a long time.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Shall We Gather at the River?
(uncredited)
Written by Robert Lowry
Performed by Funeral Service Attendees
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directing choices
8 January 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Addie Bundren (Beth Grant) is dying. Her son Darl (James Franco) takes his brother Jewel (Logan Marshall-Green) on a delivery. It's $3 after all despite Jewel's need to be by her side. Their wagon gets stuck while she dies. Her wish is to be buried in home town of Jefferson. The whole family struggles to bring her body to her final resting place.

There are great actors in this movie. Tim Blake Nelson and Logan are terrific. Beth Grant is also great. In general, everybody is doing good work. The question is how did James Franco do as a director. I am not impressed. The most obvious technique is the split screen. The best thing I can ascribed to the technique is that it hides his amateurish directing style. When Beth Grant screams, the other half is trained on Jim Parrack. That's the only split-screen scene that really works. The movie struggles to gain authenticity and the split screen doesn't help at all. It looks like a modern film school technique in direct conflict with the rural backwoods feel of the family. Franco should be striving for authentic poverty. He fails as he throws various things on the wall. None of it really sticks. The actors are able to keep the audience's interest but they do it despite Franco. The river crossing shows some promise that Franco is functional as a director. Maybe he's over thinking this and tries too hard with the split screen and the actors talking at the camera. Thankfully the last 15 minutes don't have the split screen. It's some of the most compelling scenes in the movie.


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