The Better Angels

The Better Angels
USA, 2013
Directed by:

Dir.: A.J. Edwards
Prod.: Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda, Jake DeVito, Charley Beil
Scr.: A.J. Edwards
Phot.: Matthew J. Lloyd CSC
Ed.: Alexander Richard Milan
Music: Hanan Townshend
Cast: Jason Clarke, Diane Kruger, Brit Marling, Wes Bentley
Distributor: Buckeye Pictures/Elizabeth Lodge
Black and white
94 mins.

Indiana, 1817. The entire nation, only 40 years old and a few years removed from a second war of independence, is still raw. Men and women must battle against nature and disease to survive in log cabins. This is young Abraham Lincoln’s world. Spanning three years of the future president’s childhood, The Better Angels explores his family, the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever, and the two women who guided him to immortality.

Written and directed by A.J. Edwards, The Better Angels delves into visual and narrative poetry to express the Lincolns’ world and comes alive in stunning black-and-white cinematography. The characters struggle to learn what acceptance and empathy really mean. With an elegant touch, Edwards shows the austerity of the era and reveals what shaped one of history’s most distinctive leaders.


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