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As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | | Drama | 22 October 2013 (USA)
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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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Addie Bundren
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Cora Tull (as Jennifer Howell)
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Eula Tull
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Reverend Whitfield
John Still ...
Samson
Susan McMillin ...
Mrs. Samson
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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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El último deseo  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$15,009 (USA) (18 October 2013)
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The original book upon which the movie is based is told from the perspective of 15 different characters over 59 chapters. Split screens are used throughout much of the movie and this is designed to reflect the different perspectives of the characters. See more »

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(at around 23 mins) Just before the reverend begins to sing, "Shall we gather at the river", and just as Anse says, "She's going to a better place," the boom mic is visible above his head. 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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Referenced in Comedy Central Roast of James Franco (2013) See more »

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Shall We Gather at the River?
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Written by Robert Lowry
Performed by Funeral Service Attendees
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Challenging source makes for an interesting film
16 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't think I've ever seen a film quite like this. It was definitely one of the most faithful adaptations I've ever seen, not only in the story but the way in which it was done. The novel (written by William Faulkner) features 15 different narrators recounting the events, the film (implementing split screen) was able to show different perspectives of the same events simultaneously.

Cinematically, most (if not all) of the camera work was hand-held, and much of the lighting seemed natural. I thought the acting was great overall, and I thought it was well directed. The music was intense, almost too much at times. The novel has never been adapted to the screen previously, (I'm sure partly) due to the fact that the narrative structure is so complex. Overall, I thought it was interesting, and like I said – I've never seen a more true adaptation, as Franco employs all aspects of filmmaking to sync to the novel.


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