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Get Low (2009)

Director:
Aaron Schneider
COUNTRY
USA/Germany/Poland
GENRE
Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Get Low
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
David Gundlach
Dean Zanuck
Screenwriter:
Chris Provenzano
C. Gaby Mitchell


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Felix Bush Robert Duvall
Mattie Darrow Sissy Spacek
Frank Quinn Bill Murray
Buddy Lucas Black
Rev. Gus Horton Gerald McRaney
Rev. Charlie Jackson Bill Cobbs
Carl Scott Cooper
Kathryn Lori Beth Edgeman

 

Review

Robert Duvall, who recently turned eighty, gives a gracious performance as the ageing misanthropic hermit Felix Bush, a mysterious man living secluded in a forest cottage outside a rural Tennessee village in the 1930s. In this arch-independent production, we're subjected to cognizable discussions around moral and decency, as we slowly get to know Mr. Bush's peculiar nature through his surprising antics, among them arranging a funeral feast in advance for himself where he intends to reveal his dark secret. The story's eccentricity and the mystery surrounding Duvall's character ensure we retain our interest, and the film has an attractive and simple sincerity, but ultimately, the conclusion feels both a little too constructed and somewhat underdeveloped. Even if people in the beginning of the 20th century had another sense of ethics than we do today, as presented here, there seems to be an imbalance between the scale of Felix' secret and the depth of his suffering. Director Aaron Schneider desperately wants his protagonist to come off as something out of the ordinary, underlining his every peculiarity at chance, but whatever humanity the film has to offer mostly comes from Duvall and his co-perfomers, and only rarely from the plot.

 

Copyright 2.2.2011 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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