As I Lay Dying


Franco does Faulkner

Unfilmable book? James Franco attempts to prove otherwise with this bold but jumbled adaptation of the 1930 William Faulkner novel.

Famed for its narrative of a hundred voices, the plot – a dead woman’s family transporting her body across the Mississippi wilderness to the town of Jefferson for burial – is straightforward enough, but Franco dials the pretension up to 11 with constant split-screen, slow-mo horse riding and accents so impenetrable it’s like the cast were shot with dental anaesthetic.

The rough weather and costumes are a feast in HD but the story’s like a long-haul flight that never lands.

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