As this film demonstrates, Faulkner's books that utilize shifting points of view/interior monologues are not easy, most likely impossible, to fully translate into screen format. The biggest dilemma is that those who have read the novel or are at least familiar with Faulkner-in-general are bound to be a little dissatisfied while most non-Faulknerites will probably raise eyebrows and ask "Huh?"
Nevertheless, the makers of this film did about the best job possible of condensing AS I LAY DYING into such a short length. It's expertly filmed, and the personalities of the individual family members come out very well. Specific nuances and key quotes are also effectively captured. Though this AILD may not come close to doing justice to the book, it's still helpful in elucidating Faulkner's novel and should be especially valuable for those teaching it to show to their classes. Yes, it is VERY dark and depressing, but I don't see how you can make the story of a poor 1920s Mississippi farm family transporting their deceased mother 40 miles for burial by rickety wagon anything otherwise. The grosser aspects are not emphasized any more than they have to be, and the vivid cinematography and Faulknerianingly maudlin bits of comic relief help make it palatable.
As one who's always found Faulkner's work rewarding though seldom much fun to read, I must say that I really enjoyed this film and that it made me eager to reread AILD.