While Billy Bob Thornton
broke out in a big way as a director with "Sling Blade
," his efforts behind the camera since have failed to live up to that promise. From the troubled production of "All The Pretty Horses
" to little seen efforts like "Daddy & Them
" and last year's Willie Nelson
documentary "The King Of Luck
" (which, to be fair, is still look for a home) he hasn't yet matched that initial spark. But audiences in Toronto will get to see if he's turned it around with his latest "Jayne Mansfield's Car
Rounding up a solid ensemble cast for a period tale about a family split in two, this dramedy certainly isn't lacking in talent with Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, John Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton, Ray Stevenson, Tippi Hedren and more on board. Here's the official synopsis: Jayne Mansfield’s Car is a funny, poignant and searching look at three generations of fathers and sons in the South during the tumultuous ‘60s. It follows the family's heartfelt — and sometimes hilarious — struggles with long-held resentments, secrets, the memories of war, and how life, death and loss shaped them all.
You can read our review from the Berlin Film Festival here and watch the intertional trailer here. The film is still seeking U.S. distribution.