As I Lay Dying

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James Franco writes, directs and stars in this new adaptation of William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize-winning novel As I Lay Dying, co-starring Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride!

“In rushing in where wise men might fear to tread, Mr. Franco has accomplished something serious and worthwhile. His As I Lay Dying is certainly ambitious, but it is also admirably modest.” – AO Scott, New York Times

“James Franco has pulled off a devilishly difficult literary adaptation with this faithful yet cinematically vibrant version of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.” – Todd McCarthy, Film Journal International

“Faulkner fans need not be up in arms about this version of his Nobel Prize winner. … the novel's famous set pieces come alive in often visceral sequences.” – Catherine Bray, Time Out London


Directed by Oscar-nominated actor/writer/filmmaker James Franco from a screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, As I Lay Dying is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother Addie to her hometown for burial. Addie's husband Anse and their children, Darl (played by Franco), Cash, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and the youngest one Vardaman, leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin - each affected by Addie's death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all -- each individual character's personal turmoil and inner commotion which at times threaten the fabric of the family more than any outside force. Co-starring Tim Blake Nelson and Danny McBride. (Dir. by James Franco, 2013, USA, 110 mins., Rated R, Millennium Entertainment) Digital


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