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Mainstream - Get Low Blu-ray

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Get Low Blu-ray
Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek
Directed by Aaron Schneider
Sony Pictures Classics 2011
103 minutes

Get Low is one of those odd labor of love movies you wish more people could see. It is also a Blu-ray you keep in your collection just to be sure you will be able to see it again. Get Low is a charming, quirky low key human drama and human comedy.

Set in 1930s Tennessee, Get Low tells the story of a town hermit named Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) who decides his time has come and wants to throw himself a funeral party where everyone who has a story to tell about him can come and tell it. He hires the local mortician and his assistant (Bill Murray, Lucas Black) to take care of the details.

As the Reverend Charlie Jackson says later in the movie Felix Bush has a way of making people do what he wants them to do and this is what will happen. 

There is much more to it than just that. Felix has been hiding a secret for more than forty years. It is a secret that explains why he lives like a hermit.  The story involves an old friend named Mattie (Sissy Spacek).

This is a superb and original movie. Everything here is done with subtlety including the set ups and reveals. It looks especially good on Blu-ray and cinephiles really should opt for this version of the movie.

Get Low is one of those movies people complain they do not make movies like that anymore.

Richard Lanoie

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