Movies i've seen via great FestivalScope platform that lets members of the press watch festival movies without being on a…
A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.
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…
What is the worth of a human life? It often depends on how important you are in life. The life of the invisible ones does not amount to much in modern society which measures everything by profit, where there is little respect for the sanctity of the life of the unproductive, especially if they are deceased. The Beatles had a song about these people. In All The Lonely People Paul McCartney made the lives of the forgotten Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie immortal and reminded us of those quiet souls, invisible to most of us. And ever so often (way too often) we hear about people who have been dead for weeks and no one noticed.
John May, the protagonist…
A very moving, affecting film.
Led by a powerfully natural, "real" performance by Eddie Marsan, Still Life tells the story of John May, a man who's job is to track down the family of people who pass away with no nearby relatives. Without May tracking down family members these deceased people would simply be cremated, May works tirelessly to ensure they receive a proper funeral and burial.
Made redundant by a ruthless higher-up manager due to cost cutting, May is left to work on his last case. A man, Billy Stokes, who passed away in a building near his, living alone in an apartment very like his. May is forced to realise that it could've been him, and goes even…
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…
Very quiet, seemingly "uneventful" movie with a great cast and a beautiful soundtrack. Haven't cried this much in the cinema in a very long time.
Quietly amazing and powerful cinema. The best work of 2013. My full review is at moviessansfrontiers.blogspot.in/2013/12/156-italian-filmmaker-uberto-pasolinis.html The director Pasolini was kind enough to write to me and thank me after he read my review.
"Still Life is a quietly effecting and precisely memorable because of its lack of flash; a beautiful story about life and death."
A moving portrayal of an unlikely hero with explorations of forgiveness and the dignity of all the lonely people. I cried. A lot.
While Still Life is not exactly an example of minimalism in film, the mise-en-scene, rhythm, and visual language speak to certain qualities of minimalism. The central character, John May (Eddie Marsan), who is highly meticulous, thorough, exacting, and restrained, brings forward these qualities of the minimal, of the accentuated, and, when done correctly, the poignant.
Much dry and dark comedy abounds when John May searches for the family and friends of a deceased man. He strongly believes that everyone deserves a funeral where friends and family can mourn them. In his work, however, he has little been able to accomplish this. In most cases, he wastes time and then the body is cremated. To speed up the process, he…
Uma vida ordinária. De fato o que a vida possui é justamente a similaridade dos dias que escorrem sem que percebamos. O problema é que só percebemos a finitude dos dias quando eles já não podem mais ser contados. Quando eles se findaram. Embora inicialmente o enredo pareça não encontrar o melhor curso em razão pouca fluidez dos acontecimentos, tudo muda quando um alguém desconhecido aparece como algo muito conhecido. A busca pela importância que a vida deveria deixar na vida daqueles que aqui ficam, cria em Jonh May um otimismo incansável. Mesmo quando a razão de sua vida parece desvanecer no emprego que perde, encontra neste último trabalho uma nova forma de viver. O novo. O desconhecido. Gostaria de dizer que isso resultou em um final feliz ... Entretanto, assim como a própria vida, nem sempre temos reticências para pontuar uma frase... As vezes só um ponto final. Surpreendente. Delicado. Para descobrir uma nova chance de ver a vida.
Objektiv betrachtet ist Still Life ein gut gemachter Film mit liebevollen Charakteren.
Uberto Passolinis in Pastellfarben gehaltene Bilder voller kleiner Details geben dem Film einen besonderen Charm. Obwohl der Film einer der traurigsten ist, die ich seit langem im Kino gesehen habe, hat er auch seine lustigen Momente.
Subjektiv gesehen konnte ich mich mit dieser sehr pessimistischen Weltanschauung des Films nicht anfreunden. In diesem Film gibt es keine glücklichen Menschen. Nicht einen. Obwohl mich May als Sympathieträger halten konnte sind unsere Sichten auf das Leben völlig unterschiedliche. Es gab es sogar diesen Moment an dem ich mit dem Bösewicht des Films sympatisieren musste. "Beerdigungen sind für die Lebenden, nicht für die Toten".
Über das sehr kitschige (wenn auch ergreifende) Ende sehe ich einfach mal komplett weg.
Ist Still Life ein guter Film? Vielleicht schon. Aber nur halt nicht für mich.
Nach dem ersten Sehen dachte ich noch, der Film berühre vielleicht nur einen besonders wunden Punkt in mir, aber, obwohl er mich diesmal nicht mehr ganz so gerührt und erstaunt hat, finde ich ihn nach dem zweiten Sehen fast noch besser und wichtiger. Es ist ein mit feinen Pinselstrichen gemaltes, gar nicht mal so stilles Stillleben, das in jedem Moment haargenau den richtigen Ton trifft (zwischen Humor und Tragik), auch indem Eddie Marsan seine wenigen, teils standardisierten Sätze bedeutungsvoll, besonders und mitfühlend spricht. Es geht nicht um den Tod, sondern um das Leben, und das mit einer ungewohnten, unmodischen Yolo-Philosophie, die nicht unrealisierbares, pseudo-individualistisches, kreatives Aussteigen und Abenteuerlust propagiert, sondern Wert und Einfluss im kleinen, stillen, ordentlichen Leben findet. Und…
- Boxing Day
- The Interval
- Pretty Butterflies
- Me Too
- In a World...
- Last Vegas
- Grudge Match
- All Is Lost
A challenge of reaching 500 films, going from January 1st to December 31st.
I will not count rewatches.
- Heaven's Gate
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Red Dawn
- Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro
- When the Wind Blows