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We’ve seen plenty of movies about Abraham Lincoln — including, most recently, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — but none quite like this. The Better Angels takes place long before all of the stuff Lincoln got famous for, focusing instead on his childhood in the Indiana wilderness.

Jason Clarke and Brit Marling play the parents of the future U.S. president (played as a kid by Braydon Denney), and Diane Kruger another maternal figure. It looks a bit like Tree of Life if it were shot in black and white, and Hunter McCracken grew up to be Abraham Lincoln instead of Sean Penn. No surprise, then, that director A.J. Edwards is a Terrence Malick protégé and Malick himself produced the film.

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The Better Angels is a “young Abraham Lincoln” story seen through the eye of director Terrence Malick. Or, in actuality, seen through the eye of Malick’s associate A.J. Edwards, here making his directorial debut with a feature that employs Malick’s visual hallmarks. Braydon Denney plays young Abe, while Brit MarlingJason ClarkeDiane Kruger and Wes Bentley round out the cast to explore the story of the President’s formative years. See the new The Better Angels trailer below. Read More »

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Produced by Terrence Malick, The Better Angels tells a slightly different “young Mr. Lincoln” story than the one we’re used to. The film, written and directed by A.J. Edwards (who worked for Malick on films such as The Tree of Life and To the Wonder) has a very obvious visual influence from the film’s producer, and a strong cast that includes Jason ClarkeDiane KrugerBrit MarlingWes Bentley and Braydon Denney.

Does it all come together? Reviews out of Sundance were mixed, with some praising the aesthetic and mood, and others opining that the film never measures up to its aspirations. A teaser trailer will give you some idea of what’s in store; check it out below. Read More »

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