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As I Lay Dying (2013)

R | | Drama | 22 October 2013 (USA)
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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.

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Based on the classic novel by William Faulkner, first published in 1930, "As I Lay Dying" is the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's quest to honor her last 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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,143, 13 October 2013, Limited Release

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$15,009, 18 October 2013
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The original book, upon which the movie is based, is told from the perspective of fifteen different characters over fifty-nine 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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Different actors play Lafe and McCallum. As Cleanth Brooks pointed out shortly after the novel was written, these two are the same person: Lafe McCallum. 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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Waaaaaay too shaky
22 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Time Blake Nelson and Logan Marshall-Green were the saving graces for this shaky flop. Hey James, please use a tripod next time, or maybe some rails. The camera movements (did you even use a steadicam?) almost made me sick a couple of times. My lasting impression of this movie is that Franco proves that if you're the director then you get to put your face on the poster and do lots of closeups of yourself -- even if there is no good reason to. Franco's vanity did not do anything to enhance the cinematic experience. Faulkner was a genius. If you don't know the history of the story, do yourself a favor and read about it on Wikipedia before you watch the movie. And don't eat before you watch it or you'll be sorry. The cuts from one perspective to another seemed forced at times. The kid, Brady Permenter, was quite good to be so young. It's a shame that his one good monologue was put in the wrong spot. The mixture of drama and comedy (watch for those closeups of Franco's eyes) was clunky. If you want to make a good movie with a decent split-screen experience, then study Ang Lee. I wish Franco had. Last comment -- the naked man detracted from the experience; he was an unwelcome addition to Faulkner's masterpiece.


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