Hermit Felix Bush (Robert Duvall) goes to see a preacher to tell him it's time for Felix to Get Low; that is, Felix is getting ready to die. So he decides to have a funeral while he's still there to be part of it.
This movie gets five out of five stars from me. It's quiet and simple, has lovely performances -- including Sissy Spacek as a woman Felix knew in the past -- and is beautifully lit. Bill Murray has a wonderful part as Frank Quinn, the slick funeral parlor owner who is charged with conducting the funeral.
You should also listen to the DVD commentary. Duvall makes the comment that Bill Murray is a smart ass with talent. Excellent way to sum up Bill Murray.
Get Low is based on a true story. The real Felix held his funeral in Tennessee in 1938 and 10,000 people attended. It's fun to Google it and learn some more of the details.
Get Low has drama and humor and remorse and sadness and happiness and anything else you could want in a movie.
Happy Viewing, Gentle Readers. Remember to keep positive thoughts going out to Annette Bening and Colin Firth for Academy Awards Sunday night. They are my favorites.
Infinities of love,