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A rare thing
A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Truly a gem of a film. Very little happens but it says so much.
Lang, ruhig und rührend.
"Ein kleiner trauriger Film über einen kleinen traurigen Mann. MR. MAY ist eine stille, melancholische Studie über Einsamkeit, repräsentiert durch einen Mann der sich um die Begräbnisse alleinstehender oder vergessener Menschen kümmert. Eine perfekte (erste)Hauptrolle für "Ach der"-Schauspieler Eddie Marsan, seines Zeichens britischer Charakterdarsteller in ewigen Nebenrollen, hier darf er mal alleine glänzen als knuffiger, warmherziger und trauriger Beamter, auf einsamem Posten. Marsans Performance reicht schon aus um diesen kleinen rührseligen aber immer mal auch komischen Film zu einem vergnüglichen und nachklingenden Erlebnis zu machen. Klasse für den Herbstanfang."
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3/5 small boring man
What a depressingly gloomy film.
This film features an outstanding turn from the ever reliable character actor Eddie Marsan and a film that plumbs real emotional depth, packing a huge punch with a dramatic twist towards the end. Indeed, those last few reels are as moving as any brought to cinema in 2015 and it’s a film that deserves to be far better known and in contention for awards – on both sides of the Atlantic. The subject matter – the lonely lives of those who die with no next of kin to speak of – is unbearably tragic. The only bum note comes via Marsan’s boss who comes across as a tad one dimensional – a more mealy mouthed, self-justifying figure would have suited the film’s mood of subtlety better.
Well , where to begin ? First of all the name of the movie , it fits. A simple name to such a unique plot. You could predict the ending after the first 25 minutes but how they connected with the on going story was something great. Beautifully tragic.
And the performance from Eddie Marson has been as good as any I've seen. Such a command he had over his role and he did the character justice. He keeps you gripped.
Loved the movie , a great watch.
William Stoke, cenizas y Malvinas
A somewhat predictable story is redeemed by Marsan great performance.
It may be a little early, but Sight & Sound has put out their best of 2015 list. 168 Critics from…