by Ross Sharp
Shivers up my spine.
No Australian release date yet.
UPDATE: Jonah Weiner from The New York Times …
When it came time to fill the lead role in “Get Low” — which embellishes the real-life story of a septuagenarian Tennessee hermit who gave his own “funeral party” in 1938 while still alive — the options weren’t plentiful for the people behind the film. The hermit, Felix Bush, is a worn-out man who has exiled himself to a cabin for four decades, haunted by a youthful trespass. The object of nasty countywide gossip, Felix has a short fuse but comports himself with grizzled dignity. “It’s the kind of role where you want to blur the line between the legend and gravitas of the character and the legend and gravitas of the performer,” the film’s director, Aaron Schneider, said by phone. “Our list of actors was short: Our list was Robert Duvall.”
And A.O. Scott’s NYT review has just been posted …
The deepest pleasure of “Get Low,” which was written by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell, comes from watching the players play. Ms. Spacek enlivens her sweet, quiet role with a necessary dash of vinegar. Mr. Murray, impish as ever, keeps the full range of Frank’s motives and feelings tucked up his sleeve. He is greedy, a little shady and basically decent, but the precise balance of these qualities remains in some doubt right up to the end.