“[Jeff] said earlier, which is a good way to put it, the south is seen as somewhere small, ditzy, small places but he has a very vast view of those small rural towns. That small household, that has expanded that entire view of what the relationship is in this family. How is it not working between the mother and the father?
“So the South is definitely a character in the film, it definitely feels like a classic American film. But that’s also to do with Jeff’s directing style in this film, it’s very linear, it’s very deliberate. He wrote it, he wrote every word for a reason. It’s very poetic, the script, but it’s [to do with] affairs of the heart, it’s very universal, it’s not only American.
“If it translated to any of you, and if you came away feeling any of the things you just said, it doesn’t matter where you’re from to understand or feel those things. That’s the language of love, isn’t it?
“That’s a testament to Jeff, who wrote it and directed it. He wants this to translate to humanity and not just be a small Southern picture about these people that happen to be in this small place with these few characters. It’s not bound to that place in time, it’s not even bound to a time.”