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James Franco’s ‘As I Lay Dying’ screens at Cannes – read our review

Posted at 2:30 pm, May 21, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment

Here at Time Out, we love a bit of Franco. Maybe not quite as much as we love a bit of Gosling, but it’s close (Franco loves a bit of Gosling too, as this gushing tribute proves). And one of the things we love most about the twinkly-eyed star is his ever-increasing tendency towards excessive hyphenation: not content with being an actor, or even an actor-filmmaker, Franco has swiftly expanded into an actor-filmmaker-poet-scholar-author-journalist-shopkeeper-artist-awards-host-musician-model-philanthropist. And now he’s added director to that list – and not just those ‘experimental’ docs he’s been flashing around for the past couple of years.

An adaptation of William Faulkner’s book – one of those regular contenders for the title of The Great American Novel – ‘As I Lay Dying’ is a sprawling family saga starring Franco, Tim Blake Nelson and Logan Marshall-Green (nope, us neither) as the Bundren family, who make their way cross-country to bury the family matriarch – with hilarious consequences. Not really – it’s a tale of grief, heartbreak and tragedy. But is it any good? The film screened this week at the Cannes Film Festival, and Catherine Bray was on hand.

You can read her review of ‘As I lay Dying’ now  and for all the info on all the major films screening at this festival, see timeout.com/cannes.


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