Weird, beautiful, poignant, life affirming: A short film about a secular funeral has won the Grand Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
The film, titled Thunder Road, is a beautiful, life affirming statement consisting of a fascinating, single-take, 13 minute film about a cop’s eulogy to his mother.
Hollywood Reporter describes the film:
Then there is Thunder Road, a bizarre outpouring of confused, raw emotion set at a funeral. Director Jim Cummings stars as a police officer whose awkward eulogy for his dead mother, in which self-effacing apologies punctuate the heartfelt farewell, morphs into a transfixing lip-sync rendition of the eponymous Bruce Springsteen song. Captured in a continuous 13-minute shot, the film raises numerous questions but is none the worse for leaving every one of them unanswered.
Being a secular, non-believer, is not the focus of the film, but it is inescapable. At one point the distraught and grieving cop notes:
My mother didn’t believe in any of this.
The director and star, Jim Cummings, shared his film with Reddit (r/atheism) with the following description:
My short film about a secular funeral won Sundance this year and I just put it online. I wanted to share it with you all because I believe that life is fleeting and beautiful and we don’t need fairy tales to be moved by loss.
Yes, life is fleeting and beautiful, and we don’t need fairy tales to be moved by loss.
Watch the film below: