Robert Duvall’s performance as Felix Bush, the bearded, hermit-like old codger who wants to attend his own funeral, fits into his filmography quite neatly -- Duvall has been playing variations on the character his entire career. With Duvall in the lead, director Aaron Schneider’s agreeably folksy “Southern” is more of an actors’ derby than a sociological essay, helped along by the light comic touch of Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Bill Cobbs, and Sissy Spacek as the other people in Felix’s life. Stack this one up beside Tender Mercies, Sling Blade, and The Apostle in Duvall’s remarkable scrapbook of countrified eccentrics. The gentle, forgiveness-minded screenplay was written by Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell, from a story by Provenzano and Scott Seeke (102 min.).
Director: Aaron Schneider
Producer: Dean Zanuck, David Gundlach, David Ginsberg, Harrison Zanuck, C. Mitchell, Joey Rappa, Robert Duvall, Rob Carliner, Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur, Alain Midzic, Blerim Destani, Dariusz Gasiorowski, Brad Park, Brandie Park, Konrad Wojterkowski, Scott Fischer, Don Mandrik, Chris Provenzano and Beth Crookham
Cast: Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, Lucas Black, Gerald McRaney, Bill Cobbs, Scott Cooper, Lori Beth Edgeman and Linds Edwards