The Neon Bible (1995)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.  

United Kingdom, 1995.  , , , , , , .  Screenplay by Terence Davies, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Cannes Film Festival 1995.  Toronto International Film Festival 1995.

Beautiful drama directed by Terence Davies about life in the Old South. A young boy grows up in an unhappy household with his explosive father (Denis Leary) and depressed mother (Diana Scarwid) and only finds happiness when his radio singer aunt (Gena Rowlands) sweeps into town. The curiously lush cinematography is exceptional, rife with powerful images that will stay with you forever: the sight of Scarwid weeping from her uncontrollable emotion during a temple revivalist’s speech is exquisite.

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