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As I Lay Dying


Rated R for disturbing images, some sexual content and brief nudity.

R In Theaters 09/27/2013 , 120min.
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Plot & Details

Directed by Oscar-nominated James Franco from a screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, 'As I Lay Dying' is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie's husband Anse and their children, Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie's death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all -- each individual character's personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force.

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2013 Cannes Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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