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…
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…
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…
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…
Wonderful, wonderful film. Eddie Marsan is a very fine actor. Still makes me sad.
According to netflix, this is a comedy. No chance, it's not even funny but it is very well acted. Eddie Marsan, that boy can act.
Eddie Marsan and Joanna Froggatt have turned me into a blubbing mess. Sad/Beautiful film. Be kind. Care.
One of the most chilling and beautiful endings to a film I've seen. Even though I kind of predicted what was coming with the film, it remained an excellent film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Was onboard until the ending and although I liked the twist, I did not like the way in which it was handled, a little bit too on the nose.
This is a brilliant movie.
Its deliberate pace is spot on, and just as it looks like the (already slight) story is about to run out of puff, it delivers a real choker of an ending.
Eddie Marsan, playing a man who feels more capable of making a difference to the dead than to the living, is fantastic as always.
Film 449 of my 2015 500 Film Challenge
Still Life is one of those films that is completely wasted on me. A quiet, low-budget indie comedy-drama that reeked of cheese and self-importance.
While the subject matter wasn't as heavy handed as I thought it would be, a lot is. The music, my god, I wanted to punch the screen.
Eddie Marsan is great here, he's always good and a highly underrated actor, he just needs a better film than this to shine. Check out The World's End or Filth, two much better films with Marsan.
I don't have much else to say about Still Life, just urgh and meh.
An absolute gem. Marsan is outstanding as John May, a council funeral officer charged with dealing with the affairs of those who die alone.
Gentle, moving, profound and heart-breaking, this will live long in my memory. It is an antidote to the vacuous CGI sequels that populate the multiplexes and a more thought-provoking 90 minutes you could not wish to find.
Go to it knowing as little as possible. Highly recommended.