Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Trickster Felix Bush

I just watched Get Low, and I know I'll be thinking about it for days to come. While it wasn't quite the comedy I wanted it to be, it was much more.

It's the story of the recluse Felix Bush (Robert Duvall), and the mystery of why he chose to live alone for forty years. He holds a "funeral party" (with Bill Murray as the funeral director), and this becomes the means whereby his past is slowly revealed. It was a lovely testament to human life: the stories we tell, the choices we make, and the humor and tragedy in it all.



The character of Felix (Robert Duvall) is a bit of a trickster: as a recluse he is able to do things ordinary people couldn't, like hold a funeral for himself, and he shows how categories of good and evil don't necessarily capture the messy events of human life.



"We like to think that good and bad, and right and wrong, are miles apart. But the truth is, very often, they are all tangled up with each other."



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