Faulkner with Flannery O'Connor and Erskine Caldwell as a jumping-off point, blend some Tennessee Williams into the mix (for "gaiety" rather than purple prose or southern belles gone off the deep end) then pare it all down to low-budget/
near-mumblecore proportions -- and you might have some sense of the kind of left-over style (non-style?) on hand. Whatever: it works. Tully (that's he, taking a call, at right) and his faux bros (below: Tukel's at center with Longstreet on the right) are so completely believable in their roles that they easily pull us into their exotic little universe. (Only in the south, I think, could this particular family exist.)
Amanda Wingfield. A big man and butch enough, his performance here, wearing some lovely "day" dresses, is amazing -- ranging from utterly real to comic to sadly touching.
Septien had its world-premiere at Sundance last January, while simultaneously making its Sundance Selects debut via VOD (the above review is what I posted about the film at that time). Now it's opening theatrically today at Manhattan's IFC Center, while continuing on VOD. Click here to learn how to get it On-Demand.
of the one of Mr. Tully on phone, which comes
courtesy of Sarasota Magazine. And what about that
terrific poster at top, based on the art created for the film?
Its budget must have exceeded that of the entire movie...