James Franco’s ‘As I Lay Dying’: It Ain’t A Bother

BY Gina Tumlos

James Franco (Photo courtesy of Millennium Films)

“As I Lay Dying” Writer-director-actor James Franco (Photo courtesy of Millennium Films)

As I Lay Dying follows the same story arc of a Grecian hero who embarks on a journey for a loved one, meets peril after peril, and after much toil and suffering, is revered for his strength and stamina for withstanding all that unjustified otherworldly nonsense. Except there is no hero in William Faulkner‘s eighty-three year old family saga. There isn’t even a reliable narrator to turn to. Everyone is embroiled in their own inner turmoil and there is no exaltation waiting for any of the characters at the end of the line. Nobody really wins in this one; only a new set of teeth and a new set of problems await the remaining Bundrens on their way back home.

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James Franco’s Cannes entry ‘As I Lay Dying’ coming to PH cinemas

Jim Parrack and James Franco in "As I Lay Dying" (Photo courtesy of Ayala Malls Cinemas)

Jim Parrack and James Franco in “As I Lay Dying” (Photo courtesy of Ayala Malls Cinemas)

After receiving acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival last May as an official selection in the Un Certain Regard section, actor-director James Franco brings the searing drama As I Lay Dying to mainstream cinemas.

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