This was a good movie. There were truly touching moments & others in which you would smile or even chuckle. The characters are real and so is the story-line.
The official blurb says this movie is ‘spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious, 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party… while he was still alive.’
Although that is sort of true, it makes the movie sound entirely too up-beat and happy.
There is nothing ‘rollicking’ or ‘party’ about the funeral Felix Bush puts together for himself.
He is a lonely man, self-imprisoned by guilt & shame, desperate to be set free in the last days of his life.
The most striking to me is when at the ‘funeral’ of Felix Bush the reverend says something like this: ‘we’d like good and bad to be to two seperate things, far removed from each other, but in Felix they are one, woven together in a single intricate being.’
And in me.
We do live in a society which has done everything in its power to seperate.
The sick is taken to hospital.
The dying to hospice.
The mentaly unstable to an institution.
The menatally challenged as well.
The young is placed in day-care.
Have you walked through a shopping centre or sat at a coffee shop during the day?
Where are the kids?
They’re neatly tucked away at day-care.
As the old & frail is tucked away at old age homes & frail care homes.
We see only the ‘healthy.
I give Aaron Schneider’s Get Low an 8 and agree with Robert Duvall that it comes close to being in the company of movies like ‘To kill a Mockingbird’.
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