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As I Lay Dying

HD   R Closed Captioning

James Franco

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Plot Summary

Directed by Oscar®-nominated James Franco from a screenplay by James Franco and Matt Rager, As I Lay Dying is adapted from the 1930 classic American novel by William Faulkner. The story chronicles the Bundren family as they traverse the Mississippi countryside to bring the body of their deceased mother, Addie, to her hometown for burial. Addie’s husband and their five children leave the farm on a carriage with her coffin, each affected by Addie’s death in a profound and different way. Their road trip to Jefferson, some forty miles away, is disrupted by every antagonistic force of nature or man: flooded rivers, injury and accident, a raging barn fire, and not least of all -- each individual character’s personal turmoil and inner commotion, which threatens the fabric of the family more than any outside force.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 29
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 4.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: As a whole ... "As I Lay Dying" conveys some of Faulkner's themes, and the details of the Bundren family story, with clarity and concision. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Oct 10, 2013

Fresh: In many respects this is a faithful and intelligent synopsis of the book. – Mary Corliss, TIME Magazine, May 22, 2013

Rotten: Franco adapted a book that often reads like joyless homework into a film that feels the same way. – Chris Packham, Village Voice, Oct 8, 2013

Rotten: It remains to be seen whether James Franco can live up to his outsized ambitions. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Oct 10, 2013

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Customer Reviews

A Valiant Attempt

You won't regret watching it, but you may be left wanting the pieces it is missing. While we cannot blame Franco for trying to adapt the book to film, you can blame him for missing the exact mark. But then again, you didn't try, so don't blame him too much.

Gritty and believable

I recently saw this at a Film festival in the South and was really taken by the acting.
It's worth seeing.

Captures the Indescribable

While I am admittedly not a film buff, I thought this was a masterful interpretation and expression of Faulkner's novel, capturing the subject and mood of this very dark story with a similar visceral punch. Well Done.

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  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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