A movie spun out of equal parts folk tale, fable and real-life legend about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party… while he was still alive.
This is a dramatic movie with a touch of comedy here and there. Robert Duvall gives a wonderful portrayal as Felix Bush, the hermit who has lived on 350 acres for 40 years away from everyone. There are very few people who actually know the details of his real story. Many townspeople have conjured up their own legends of just why Felix lives by himself in the back woods.
One day a priest arrives to inform him of the death of someone he knows. This gives Felix the idea to have a funeral for himself, while he is still alive. He contacts the local undertaker, artfully played by SNL alumni, Bill Murray. Felix wants to hear what everyone has to say about him before he dies. More importantly, he wants the chance to tell his own story and confess his wrongdoing. In life it is sometimes hard for us to forgive ourselves when something happens that we know in our hearts was wrong. Felix Bush lived with a terrible secret for 40 years and put himself in his own kind of “prison” because of the shame he felt. Now he wants to ask for forgiveness…his way. This is a moving story of redemption, forgiveness and sacrifice that will touch the heart of even the toughest moviegoer. Unfortunately, while “Get Low” has all the earmarks of a deeply spiritual story, the Biblical profanities and other raw language keeps us from awarding it the Dove Seal.