“There’s alive and there’s dead. And there’s a worse place in between them, that I hope you never know nothing about.” – Felix Bush
Number of Times Seen – Twice (13 Feb 2011 and 27 Apr 2021)
Brief Synopsis – An old hermit decides to throw a funeral party for himself while he is still alive.
My Take on it – Such a poignant film that works so well largely due to the lead performance by Robert Duvall.
This story says so much about how one looks upon their own life and sees things that others don’t necessarily see.
The film does a great job of slowly giving the viewer information about what is truly going on.
The suspense that this story builds up is done really well and that actually enhances the story even more due to the yearning by the viewer to find out what is truly happening.
the supporting cast is also great with Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black all adding so much to the way thing splay out here.
The themes that this film depicts are done really well and help give us an even deeper understanding of who this main character is and why he has chosen a life of solitude for so many decades.
The fact that this story is based (at least in part) on real events adds to things because it helps give even greater meaning to everything that transpires here.
The film shows how some people can imprison themselves after witnessing powerful events and how we all need to find a way to release that pain in some way or another.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Felix is asked how he managed to live forty years all by himself, Felix replies “The first thirty eight are the hardest”. He says this thirty eight minutes into the film. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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