Hart Crane; here it's C.K. Williams. For whatever reason (perhaps because it was some kind of class project), Franco -- who was a producer on this new film and also stars, shown above, in the role of poet Williams -- has divided up the writing and direction chores amongst some dozen people. To somebody's credit (maybe the editors', Jennifer Ruff and Bruce Thierry Cheung) the movie -- even if it not finally very edifying -- holds together fairly well. If you did not know this film came into being via the efforts of a large group (you can find them all credited here), I doubt you'd guess this.
Tar, and then, for its British opening, Forever Love -- at the rate it is going may end up with as many names as it is has creators. It tackles Mr. Williams' life in a fractured style that splinters into past and present, hopping around loosely between the two, as well as between people important to the poet. Therefore we get our guy as both adult (Franco) and as an adolescent (a well-chosen Henry Hopper, above, who looks a good deal like a young Franco).
Jessica Chastain (above) plays Williams' mom, in her best Tree-of-Life-ish look and style (the periods certainly match), while Mila Kunis (below, right) does another go-round (as in Third Person) playing Franco's wife -- but this time the two get along much better. (Come to think of it, the two played together in the Oz movie, too.)
Zach Braff (above, right) makes an appearance or two as William's good friend, and we also get a scene (below) with a dead or maybe-just-dying horse. It seems that the natural world is primary to our poet, and his love for this does come through in the movie.
Meanwhile, The Color of Time -- from Starz Digital and running only 73 minutes -- opens in theaters this coming Friday, December 12, after making its debut on iTunes and all digital platforms this past Tuesday, December 2. This coming Tuesday, December 9, the film will be available on all VOD platforms, as well.