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Michael Tully

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About the Movie

Michael Tully’s SEPTIEN follows Cornelius Rawlings who returns to his family’s farm eighteen years after disappearing without a trace. While his parents are long deceased, Cornelius’s brothers continue to live in isolation on this forgotten piece of land. Ezra is a freak for two things: cleanliness and Jesus. Amos is a self-taught artist who fetishizes sports and Satan. Although back home, Cornelius is still distant. In between challenging strangers to one-on-one games, he huffs and drinks the days away. The family’s high-school sports demons show up one day in the guise of a plumber and a pretty girl. Only a mysterious drifter can redeem their souls on 4th and goal. Triple-threat actor/writer/director Tully creates a backwoods world that’s only a few trees away from our own, complete with characters on the edge of sanity that we can actually relate to. A hero tale gone wrong, SEPTIEN is funny when it’s inappropriate to laugh, and realistic when it should be psychotic.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 16
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This low-budget paean to indoor plumbing and rampant facial hair doesn't unfold so much as unravel. – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, Jul 5, 2011

Rotten: Septien proves the paths of "weird" and "interesting" do not always intersect. – Dennis Harvey, Variety, Jul 5, 2011

Fresh: There's an unkillable something at the heart of "Septien," an artistic ambition that's not calculated or cynical, that feels homegrown American but is thoroughly resistant to totalitarian spectacle and the manufactured tides of mass opinion. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jul 7, 2011

Fresh: The setup and storyline are absurd, but the angst underneath is as earnest as a campfire confession. – Alison Willmore, AV Club, Jul 7, 2011

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Customer Reviews

this movie was fantastic

I absolutely LOVED it.

Smother the demons!

I absolutely loved this movie! So very original and very thought provoking. Tully did an amazing job acting/directing/writing this film, but I can honestly say, not a film for everyone. Really along the lines of a Midnight Movie if you will. I'm just thrilled I was one of the ppl who "got it". Highly recommend!

Go Ahead, Smother The Demons!

I don’t think it is really possible to have a “neutral” reaction to Michael Tully’s film. I think the majority of people with either love it or hate it. I love it.

Tully and his fellow artist pals created a movie that is as creepy as it funny. As absurdist as the set up is — these misfits gathered together and have formed a “family” and specific “roles” within it that feels real. Just off the back roads of American culture each family member adheres to his respective place.

Places that re-arranged/realigned to make up for the gaps left by grief, failure, abuse and repressions of all sorts. When their long lost brother, played by Michael Tully, shows up the family dynamics start to buckle. And, then, well things take a very strange turn.

Another sort of culture parody is presented by Tully’s “Cornelius” — there seems to be some subversive jabs at Wes Anderson’s obsessions with lovable quirky family dynamics.

This was one of my favorite movies of 2011. I consider it a must see!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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