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JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR

USA, 2011 (MIFF 2012, International Panorama)

Director: Billy Bob Thornton

“It's ambitious enough to aim at polished, intelligent character drama, and pulls it off successfully.” - The Guardian

Actor Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade) takes his seat in the director's chair after nearly a decade with this Southern Gothic ensemble melodrama set in 1969 and influenced by the theatre of Tennessee Williams.

At the core of the film is the theme of war, as well as a different kind of battlefield - that between fathers and sons coming to blows over military service and 60s counterculture. Thornton and his co-writer Tom Epperson (with whom he wrote 1992's One False Move) explore this conundrum through the culture-clash of two rival families: one firmly entrenched in Alabama, and the other a stiff upper-lipped British clan.

The film features a formidable cast of Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Frances O'Connor, Ray Stevenson, Shawnee Smith, Robert Patrick and - of course - Billy Bob Thornton himself.

Rated MA 15+

D Billy Bob Thornton P Geyer Kosinski, Alexander Rodnyansky S Billy Bob Thornton, Tom Epperson Dist Eagle Entertainment TD DCP/2011

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