To the window to the wall….OK, so this has nothing to do with the popular song by Lil’ Jon “Get Low”, which was popular last decade, but tell me you didn’t think of that first. Nope, this is a film that will showcase the talents of people Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek. It looks absolutely incredible actually. Add in Lucas Black who has had some strong performances over the last few years, starting with Friday Night Lights, and you got yourself a solid film. I gotta say I’m a little surprised they aren’t saving this one for a little closer to awards season. This smells like it has Oscar bait written all over it. Instead we have a limited summer release. Could it be a break out hit this year? Only time will tell.
For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush. People say he’s done all manner of unspeakable things — that he’s killed in cold blood; that he’s in league with the Devil; that he has strange powers — and they avoid him like the plague. Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It’s not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a ‘living funeral,’ in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in. Sensing a big payday in the offing, fast-talking funeral home owner Frank Quinn enlists his gentlemanly young apprentice, Buddy Robinson to win over Felix’s business. Buddy is no stranger to Felix’s dark reputation, but what he discovers is that behind Felix’s surreal plan lies a very real and long-held secret that must get out. As the funeral approaches, the mystery – which involves the widow Maddie Darrow, the only person in town who ever got close to Felix, and the Illinois preacher Charlie Jackson who refuses to speak at his former friend’s funeral – only deepens. But on the big day, Felix is in no mood to listen to other people spinning made-up anecdotes about him. This time, he’s the one who is going to do the telling about why he has been hiding out in the woods.
Starring: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney
Directed by: Aaron Schneider
Produced by: David B. Ginsberg, Harrison Zanuck, Charlie Mitchell
Release Date: July 30, 2010