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R| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
Strife and disaster befall a poor Mississippi family during a two-day trip by horse and wagon to bury their deceased matriarch.

Cast: James Franco , Tim Blake Nelson , Danny McBride , Logan Marshall-Green , Jim Parrack , Ahna O'Reilly , Brady Permenter , Beth Grant

Director: James Franco

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Millennium Entertainment

As I Lay Dying (2013)

Release Date: September 27th, 2013|1 hr. 50 min.

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  • Alas, the split-screen compositions, slow-motion effects, pensive closeups and prosthetic teeth can’t distract from what’s missing: Faulkner’s pointed but deeply buried observations of the human condition. show more

  • Franco, employing diverse cinematic techniques from split screen (mostly early on) to direct-to-camera address, makes the Bundrens’ time of trial more immediately coherent than it is on the page without disrespecting Faulkner’s oblique style. show more

  • James Franco's readiness in approaching famously abstract source material certainly doesn't translate well into his directorial formalism, or, more appropriately, lack of formalism. show more

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