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Child Of God

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Franco does McCarthy

Kudos to James Franco (who directs, stars and co-writes) for tackling Cormac McCarthy’s first great novel, the eloquently grim tale of a Tennessee hillbilly’s descent into necrophilia. Scott Haze plays Lester Ballard, chuntering his way across forbidding landscapes until he happens upon a dead woman and hauls her home to play at relationships.

A faithful adaptation with a keen sense of timelessness and place, Child Of God seeks to replicate McCarthy’s rough-hewn poetry through bleak photography, off-key cutting, anonymous voiceovers and the requisite banjo score. A touch ‘student-y’ in places, but Franco the filmmaker deserves to be taken seriously.

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