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As I Lay Dying (2013)

 -  Drama  -  9 October 2013 (France)
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Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

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Based on the 1930 classic by Faulkner, it is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

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

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$7,143 (USA) (11 October 2013)

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$15,009 (USA) (18 October 2013)
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In the dream scene where Vardaman Bundren stabs at the carcass of a dead catfish with a knife, you can see a printed food label or price tag peering out from under the fish. See more »

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

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Shall We Gather at the River?
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Written by Robert Lowry
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Hard to get into! 3/10
28 June 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review: I really really struggled to get into this movie. I found the pace, pretty slow and I couldn't understand what the hell the characters were saying because of there Deep South accents. The only part of the plot that I could understand was the fact that the family was on a journey to bury there mother, but apart from that, I lost the plot. The performances seemed quite good, and the storyline, which is adapted from a book, seemed OK, but I just couldn't relate to it. In some ways, it's a road movie because of the families journey, but each character is pretty complex which is translated through narration which was even more complicating. Anyway, the families bad luck really does take its toil on the there journey which makes the movie, is you can follow it. Average!

Round-Up: James Franco has really shown that he has a deep side with the way that he directed this movie. After starring in so many comedies, this movie really does show that he doesn't want to be type casted as an actor and director. Personally, after watching Child Of God which was also directed by Franco, I have found it hard to get into his films because of the tempo and the concepts which he is drawn to. Tim Blake Nelson, who was great in O' Brother, Where Art Thou, was a good choice as the father in this movie because he naturally seems like he is from the Deep South which was needed for his role. I obviously wasn't the only person who struggled to find this movie interesting because of the box office takings, but after watching the extras on the DVD, Franco was pleased with the outcome and the cast were also pleased that he stayed true to the book.

Budget: N/A Worldwide Gross: $17,000 (Terrible!)

I recommend this movie to people who are into there Deep South movies about a family with really bad luck, who travel to bury there mother. 3/10


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