Films commercially released in NYC in 2015, as per www.panix.com/~dangelo/nymaster.html (Basis for Skandies eligibility.)
Week of 23…
A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.
John May, played by the brilliant Eddie Marsan, is a dull man. He dresses in dull clothes, lives in a dull apartment, works in a dull office, lives a dull life in solitude, and adheres to a dull routine. He appears to have no family or friends. How appropriate then, that his job requires him to organize a dignified burial for deceased individuals who have no family of their own.
John takes great pride in his work, and his organized, dull nature seems to allow him to put the utmost care into every facet of the deceased person's farewell service. In fact, it is this great attention to detail that seems to be the sole reason that his employer terminates…
Uberto Pasolini (no relation, but actually Visconti's nephew) made the ingenious choice of propelling Eddie Marsan to leading man in this wonderful film that has its indie sensibilities materializing through a serenade using all of your heart strings.
A quiet, simple, respectful man has the perfect job for his personality; he offers those of us whome are unfortunate enough to leave this life with no one looking after or over us as dignified a final passage as is possible.
It's an important subject, and now and then it is covered in Norwegian media (and even books) as well. A fate worse than death is actually possible, and it is visualized in Still Life: getting your ashes lumbered together with a…
With Nick Frost given his own feature film to front earlier in the year, the fine talents of Eddie Marsan have also finally been rewarded. He has been one of the most reliable character actors around for some time now and he is in fine form again in this sombre, lo-key affair.
The film is directed by Uberto Pasolini who has mostly worked as a producer over the course of his career, most notably The Full Monty. He uses the ambiguous title to carefully develop the character of Marsan's John May from his static, photo-like life to one that is tempted by the idea of enjoying what the world has to offer him.
Photographs play a key part in the…
Review from Next Projection
A film that remains far less feted than it deserves to be, Carol Morley’s incredible documentary Dreams of a Life uncovered, via its investigation of the life of a woman found in her London home three years after her death, a harrowing image of isolation amidst civilisation, of the loneliness of being lost among the crowd. Would that we were one in a million, as the old adage goes; being but one among seven thousand times that can make one feel both surrounded and subsumed. That’s the concern, similarly, of Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life, an enormously affecting and steadfastly unsympathetic evocation of loneliness in the modern world, a stark reminder that sometimes the best we can…
John May has an unusual occupation. From his grey office (it's quite well lit, just grey coloured), He attempts to locate the friends and family of those who have died lonely deaths in his South London borough.
John May has an unusual life. Nightly, in his impeccably clean flat, he eats his upended tin of tuna from a plate with one slice of dry toast on the side.
John May has an unusual shock coming to him. All in one day he's sent to investigate a death in his block and finds himself out of a job. With his closest case turning out to be his last, John May throws caution to the wind and sets out to delve a…
The Dissolve review. "Since his job is to handle the affairs of people who die completely alone, wouldn't it be super poignant if he himself were completely alone, and in fact nearly dead, to the point where his favorite leisure-time activity is lying down on the patch of ground where his grave will be?" Heroic effort by Marsan to make this something other than insipid. In vain.
"Still Life" is a brilliant film, sadly never got the recognition and distribution it thoroughly deserves, I cannot recommend this film highly enough. Everyone should see this film.
A little gem of a film if you have not seen it watch it
Μοναχικός δημοτικός υπάλληλος,ψάχνει να βρει τυχόν συγγενείς των νεκρών,προκειμένου να υπάρχει έστω ένας να τους αποτίσει φόρο τιμής στο ύστατο χαίρε.O Eddie Marsan μοιάζει να έχει γεννηθεί για αυτό το ρόλο.Έξτρα μισό αστέρι για το καταπληκτικό τελευταίο λεπτό.
I loved so much of this film, but the bathetic, sentimental final ten minutes are so disappointing. If only it had ended just as Marsan left that little shop with his bag of goodies, leaving us to choose his fate.
That was a terribly depressing and yet somewhat uplifting film.
I think this one will take some pondering to really soak up the meaning of it.
I like Eddie Marsan a great deal. This, this was fine. But I'll never see it again.
John (Eddie Marsan) is a mild mannered council employee who processes the estates for the recently deceased. A bit slow paced but Marsan plays the part excellently. Directed by Uberto Pasolini who is better known as the producer of 'The Full Monty'.
Anyone who was rightly moved by Carol Morley's beautiful 2011 documentary Dreams of a Life about Joyce Vincent, a woman whose body lay undetected in her flat for three years, will be equally moved by this fictional tale about such overlooked bereavements and the one man whose precise and methodical nature means he is dedicated to giving them the fitting send off they deserve. Be warned though, you better have some tissues at the ready because this one is heartbreaking.
There's more than a touch of Mike Leigh to the proceedings too, most notably in the hangdog, forlorn features of Eddie Marsan, a long time Leigh leading man and an equally long time favourite of mine, in the central role…
Every now and then a director comes along that captures the essence of what it means to be human often in the most derelict of circumstances. In Still Life, the situation is a man whose job it is to contact the relatives of those who have died down and out, homeless, ostracized from other human contact or anyone from their immediate families from a small town coroner's office and also to make arrangements for their last resting place underground or in an urn. Eddie Marsan as John May turns in a marvelously understated performance going about his work from one day to the next with determination and quiet passion. Uberto Pasolini, the director, records this man's ministrations with an almost…