It may look, sound and feel like a Terrence Malick film, but it isn’t. Editor-turned-director A.J. Edwards has worked with the famously iconoclastic filmmaker and taken those collaborations to heart in his first feature, The Better Angels. Chronicling the formative years in the young Abraham Lincoln’s life, this stunning black and white debut boasts of the kind of poetic imagery, contemplative atmosphere and hushed narration that characterize Malick’s work but with a hard, emotional core that’s particular to Edwards’ developing voice. Set in a log cabin in the Indiana backwoods, the film follows young introvert Abe as he endures the death of his mother, learns to accept a new step-mother and siblings, and teaches himself to read and write. The film stars Jason Clarke as Lincoln’s father, Diane Kruger as his supportive step-mother, indie darling Brit Marling, and Wes Bentley.
95 min Not rated
Year: 2014 Country: US Language: English Festivals: Sundance Director: AJ Edwards Screenwriters: AJ Edwards Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley