As I Lay Dying Poster

Release Date: September 27th, 2013

DVD Release Date: November 5th, 2013

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, Logan Marshall-Green, Jim Parrack, Ahna O'Reilly, Brady Permenter, Beth Grant, Brian Lally

Director: James Franco

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Picture Entertainment Corporation

Distributors: Millennium Entertainment

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  • 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

  • As Franco dilutes the drama with first-year-film-student gimmicks, like split screens and slow motion, it just seems like a dull collection of pointless monologues from actors who can’t even be bothered to match up their accents. Franco is a dilettante, and it shows. show more

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