Get Low


(out of 5)

An ornery old man living alone in the woods () shows up in his dusty little town and announces to the local preacher that he wants to arrange a funeral. Throwing a big wad of money at the parson, he finds himself unable to communicate his desires properly and so leaves in a huff; luckily, the employee of the local struggling funeral parlour () is within earshot of this occurrence and goes after the gig himself, he and his profit-seeking boss () traveling up to Duvall’s cabin (at risk of the dangerous mule mentioned on his Keep Out sign) and offering him their business. What they get is a most strange request: Duvall wants to throw a funeral party before he dies, insisting that everyone in the area who knows a story about him come to the celebration, enter a contest to win his land and then hear the tale he has to tell. When old flame  shows up and throws his emotions into a tizzy, you begin to realize just how deep our hero’s secrets go. Aaron Schneider, Oscar winner for his short film Two Soldiers, makes a most curious feature film debut with this charmer: at once whimsical, soulful, melancholy and passionate, it never strikes any of these chords deeply and, attempting to touch them all simultaneously, comes off a curious combination of genres and moods. It gets enough things right, however, that the experience is not dissatisfying: Duvall is so wonderfully vivacious in the lead that you’ll happily forget that this is the kind of role he can do in his sleep, and his scenes with Spacek are so smoothly performed you’d be happy to watch them for hours.

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USA/Germany/Poland, 2009

Directed by 

Story by , , Screenplay by Chris Provenzano, 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Independent Spirit Awards 2010.  

Toronto International Film Festival 2009


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