All My Friends Are Funeral Singers
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Rutili relies on his primitive resourcefulness to create purposeful magic. --LA Times
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The film at first seems like two disparate plot-lines running simultaneously, one centering around a fortune teller named Zel and the other around a group of ghosts. Soon, however, these two plot threads become one, and the film begins to truly gel into a cohesive whole. Part of the film's surrealistic appeal is the way it keeps the audience guessing as to what exactly is going on. Angela Bettis does a commendable job as Zel, managing to seem appropriately haunted without ever devolving into self-parody or shrieking hysterics, and the menagerie of ghosts all play their (admittedly somewhat limited) roles well.
Though the base story is satisfying in its own right, where Funeral Singers ultimately excels is in its style. Director Tim Rutili infuses the film with a dark, bizarre atmosphere through some very simple means, such as the slight tilt of a camera on some scenes or the grainy, home-movie-type filter applied to others. Credit, too, must be given to the score by Califone, a catchy yet unsettling group of country-flavored tunes that enhance the film more than any amount of cliched weeping strings would have.
Complaints about the film are few but noticeable. The film's slight use of CGI is distracting enough to bring attention to itself, and some other directorial choices seem somewhat cheesy.Read more ›
The relationship between the house occupants is good until the ghosts realize that at 3 AM a very bright light appears. They understand that if they enter the light, they would be free from the house. However, when they try to leave the house and enter the light, they are inflicted with enormous pain.Read more ›
"All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" never really asks those questions. Instead, this delicate, dreamlike film focuses on a house full of "funeral ghost" ghosts, and a young lady who lives alongside them. The first half is a meandering, messy nonplot, but it later gels into a haunting meditation on
Zel (Angela Bettis) lives in her late grandmother's old house, but not alone. For many years, she has lived with several ghosts, including a suicidal bride, a flapper, a randy priest, an embittered actor, a blind band that plays music all day, and a silent little girl. By day, Zel works as a psychic and a medium, while the ghosts meander about their own business.
Then one day, the ghosts see a bright light outside, and attempt to go into it... you know, the way dead people are supposed to. But they're unable to leave the house. They jump to the conclusion that Zel has somehow trapped them inside the house, and decide to make her life a misery until she releases them... but the truth is rarely so simple.
The first half of "All My Friends Are Funeral Singers" is kind of a mess -- everybody just meanders around aimlessly, chitchatting and occasionally doing little dances. And while the direction is lovely, we have these interludes where we just see the ghostly musicians diddling around on various instruments.
But once the ghosts demand their freedom, their story quietly gels together with Zel's, blossoming into a soft, bittersweet little finale. Director Tim Rutili wraps the entire movie in a sort of blurry twilight atmosphere, with wobbly camerawork and little superstitions that pop up between scenes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have 84 minutes to waste, watch this film. As for me, I would rather watch a documentary where I could learn something new.Published on January 4, 2014 by Zarathustra
This is a great story that I had seen on Netflix and I HAD TO OWN IT !!! You will too!!Published on November 28, 2013 by Bodythyme
It was just as I expected it to be; I had no trouble. The film itself wasn't amazing, though....to be expected for an indiePublished on December 28, 2012 by Ray
I enjoyed the trailer so much that I rented the DVD. Two stars for the film: The story held my interest to the end, just barely. Read morePublished on March 15, 2011 by lebvendors
I went to South by Southwest this year, and one of the films playing I really wanted to see was Alll My Friends Are Funeral Singers. Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Chris Leland
Lower your expectations for dialog, effects, scenery, star power, strong performances, character development, etc. Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by CP