As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

DVD - 2013
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Based on the 1930 classic by William Faulkner, tells the story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family's mission to honor her desire to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson.
Publisher: New York : Millennium Entertainment, [2013]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9781616662288
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE ASI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Feb 11, 2018

Don't let the bad reviews deter you. If you like emotional stories, dramas, "slower" paced build up, it's good.

To be honest, I felt the need to watch this movie after reading the slew of horrendous reviews. And I expected something awkward and hard to watch. BUT I really liked it! I can see how people would dislike the split screen thing, but I think it made lots of emotional moments multilayered and more tender. I really liked this. I like the choices that were made there. You see multiple perspectives of the same moment and I found it poetic and beautiful, especially combined with the use of motion and their cinematography choices.

Now, for the movie, it is a simply story, and the acting is amazing. There are tons of great actors in this movie and they all do amazing jobs. I found the narration sequences of the characters that were interspersed throughout, to take me out of the heat of the moment and the grip of the story, so I wish that wasn't there, or they had found a way to tell the story without them. They left me a little disconnected while watching because it disrupted the flow, for me.

I also think that, in the end of it all, this is meant to be some kind of an ironic story. It is hard to explain this, but you will understand when you get to the end. I felt this whole buildup and emotional seriousness and toil going on, and then the way it ends, just kind of made me chuckle. NOT laugh at the story, but like that is what the author wanted you to feel. Like, all this hard work and craziness and drama happens and then, in the end, life just goes on and that's that. No need to overthink, just get over it and move on. I liked that, it was kind of funny. The ending is, literally, a shoulder shrug in cinematic form. No more need for explanation - life just goes on.

Oct 19, 2017

I dont care for Faulkner or James Franco, but this movie worked for me and i enjoyed it. I will admit the first 30 minutes is tough and the split screen was a more than bold choice that didnt win over anybody, just read these reviews.

Jul 07, 2017

Terrible bastardization of a great work of Faulkner. Cinematography was so bad it was almost unwatchable. Endless split-screen dialogue, Poor acting, and over emphasis on the hillbilly accent. Not recommended at any level. Read the novel instead.

Oct 11, 2016

hillbilly accent hard to understand, couldn't get the gist of what was going on, slow moving, turned it off not that far into the movie. YAWN

Feb 14, 2015

This film is definitely not for everyone; I'd mostly recommend this to the English lit majors. I have not read Faulkner's novel but this production seems to ring true to other works of his I have read. It is well acted and intense. I understand James Franco's use of the split screen, but it always puts me off as a viewer.

Oct 09, 2014

I don't leave comments on this site but this movie...I had to. Mainly because of the extreme differences in opinion in the reviews and how much good and bad in the film I noticed, I couldn't resist. I have not read a Faulkner book but I can tell by this film and what has been said about the book that inspired this film, that it is a great book indeed.

I have been on a Franco kick lately and I dig a lot of his work. With that said he is apparently still learning and there is nothing wrong with that.

Pluses, the actors do a fantastic job with the characters. Really believable. The only weak link is Franco, the other characters are played so well to me. The characters all have monologues that they perform when they break the 4th wall. These sequences are really believable and seem to act as some sort of exposition for the plot. The score fits the movie well too.

The negatives. The costume design and set design will remind you of a lifetime movie. the family are deep deep country yet all their clothes and skin are constantly so new and clean most of the time. Also the split screen technique is overdone and it is just bad. There is fantastic imagery like a man carrying a flaming coffin, ruined by split screen. Or a great part where a cement cast is removed from someones leg, ruined by split screen. Lastly there is a scene with a catfish that you can still see the price tag on the bottom of it and its in slo mo so you wont miss it and there is a mic boom that makes it into a scene around 23:36. i am not a film snob and I like everything from the terrible to the obscure to the mainstream. however there were too many flaws in the direction of this film to make it any fun for me to watch. Worth a watch if you like to study film and have time on your hands. if not there are way better films at the library to pick up. cheers

aaa5756 Aug 06, 2014

Just plain awful this movie was a train wreck. To say this movie was bad. It’s an understatement it was torture to watch. In also in other words, it was a dumb movie.

Jul 16, 2014

I have never read Faulkner, but this film is a tour-de force. This American study of the human condition transcends Dickens, James Joyce, and several European classic writers. If your preferred genere of film is limited to car chases/crashes, uber violence, nudity....well, take a pass on this gem.

This is a thinking mans film. The split screen technique only enhances the story, and draws in the open minded viewer to the deeper story here. This is a bold and intriguing film that Hollywood simply doesn't have the balls to promote or nurture. Sad.

I salute an established actor like Franco who delivered a quasi-masterpiece to the viewing public. I would urge you all to at least give this film a viewing and give your input on this forum. Thank you!

voisjoe1 Jul 01, 2014

I have not had the opportunity to read any of William Faulkner’s literature. This film, based on a 1920’s southern (Mississippi) William Faulkner novel (As I Lay Dying) about a poor and uneducated (white) family, gave me an idea of the kinds of characters that populate Faulkner’s landscape. One of Faulkner’s themes seems to be that we are all two faced. We have an outer self when relating to others, but we have an inner self where we store and suffer from our dirty little secrets. Another theme is that destitute rural Mississippians seem to have a belief that God has things planned so there is not much use in trying to use knowledge and logic when making decisions about how to proceed on the path of life. This is not a pleasant story, but more Americans might come to the conclusion that improved education and opportunity might make this a better country.

multcolib_susannel Jun 07, 2014

Difficult? Confusing? Hard to understand? Yes! But so is the book. Faulkner is not an easy read.
BUT totally worth it for Tim Blake Nelson's portrayal of the father.
Its excellent!

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aaa5756 Aug 06, 2014

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Dec 14, 2013

Anse (to his family, on their wagon, transporting his wife's coffin for burial): "...It's a hard country on a man... No way, in this simple world, can a honest, hard-workin' man profit... It takes them that run the stores, in the towns doin' no's well, doin' NO'S WELL... livin' off them that sweats... It ain't the hard-workin' man -- the farmer... Sometimes I wonder why I keep at it... It because there's a re-ward for us above. Well, they can't take it, they autos and such... Everyone will be equal, then. And it will be taken from them that have and given to them that have not by The Lord. But it seems like a long way..."

Dec 14, 2013

Darl Bundren (voiceover): "The dark current runs... talks up to us in a murmur... becoming ceaseless and myriad... Fading swirls move along the surface for an instant... silent and permanent; profoundly significant as though somethin' just beneath the surface... huge, and alive... is waked for a moment..."


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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

From William Faulkner's novel comes this very serious and experimental film by James Franco. Details the death of the matriarch in a family and their efforts to move her body a great distance by wagon for burial. Told by the family in narratives, it was a difficult book and a difficult movie.

aaa5756 Aug 06, 2014

Just plain stupid can sum up this movie!


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Oct 09, 2014

Sexual Content: Really the sex scene was a rape scene so anyone that has suffered trauma from being taken advantage of sexually and especially by authority figures that are supposed to aid citizens should proceed with caution or avoid altogether


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