“The Burial”: Movie seems to be playing to good reviews
After a short theatre opening the movie “The Burial” has been available for on-demand viewing on Amazon Prime since October 13. Based somewhat on the 1990’s legal case between defunct Canadian funeral home acquisition company the Loewen Group and a group of death care properties owned by funeral director Jeremiah O’Keefe in Mississippi the movie had been highly anticipated by many in the death care profession.
While the profession all knew the outcome of the decades old legal case, much of the death care profession was concerned with how the profession itself would be portrayed in the movie. This review from the entertainment publication Variety says this about the role of funeral director Jeremiah O’Keefe, “The character who comes off looking like a hero here is Jerry . . ”
I have not yet seen the picture so I cannot comment further other than to say, that maybe Variety’s synopsis of O’Keefe’s portrayal, is a good omen for us funeral directors.
From what I’ve read about the movie so far is that it is a very entertaining motion picture. It seems to set on the court room drama more than it does on the funeral director or funeral home aspect which is probably a good thing for funeral homes. The reviews that I’ve read seem to make out the CEO of the Loewen Group, Ray Loewen, as the bad apple in the movie.
When I see the movie, I’m most interested in seeing how the funeral profession is displayed in the film. Again, from what I hear, the role of funeral director Jeremiah O’Keefe played by movie star Tommy Lee Jones comes off as a sympathetic human being who the movie puts in a role of being taken advantage of. I don’t think that type of role can be a bad image for family owned funeral home owners.
To the contrary. . . it may be the corporate concerns in the death care profession that may be perceived as “Loewen-like” and may have some question their integrity because of this movie.
Here’s another review from RogerEbert.com
Rotten Tomatoes review scorecard, which you can see here, gives the movie a 91% positive review rating.
Related — Here’s a recent article from the Cinemaholic entitled “Do Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home and the Loewen Group still exist?” The article gives some history as to what happened to these firms since the infamous court case.
Related — Here’s the Wikipedia page for the movie.
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