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A rare thing
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…
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.
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…
es passiert nicht viel und man denkt sich hmm ok passiert noch was.
dann doch sehr traurig.
Still Life is a wonderful film that follows John May who has the unfortunate job of trying to track down the relatives or Friends of people who have died alone and have no known next of kin or any known acquaintances for that matter.
John has invested much of his life trying to give people the funeral they deserve with hopefully somebody there to remember them that he has completely neglected his own life, having no family of his own or any actual friends it dawns on John that the he may become one of the very people that he has dedicated his time trying to help put to rest.
Not only is Still Life touching and funny, it forces…
Still Life is a touching meditation on death and solitude, following Eddie Marsan's lonely council case worker as he searches for the friends and relatives of those found dead and alone. Marsan is dependably excellent and grants empathy to a character that is given very little dialogue to work with by writer and director Uberto Pasolini. The film is beautifully shot by Pasolini and is provided a gorgeous score by Rachel Portman, though it does meander towards it conclusion. I'm always very welcoming of homegrown efforts such as this, given they provide ample proof of the filmmaking talent that reside in the UK and also showcase our country in all its aesthetic splendour. The opportunity to watch Marsan in a…
Beautiful and heartbreaking
Twenty-two years into a career as a council worker, organizing funerals for those in his South London borough who have died alone, the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan) is pretty well set in his ways. His life is utterly static by arrangement. He inhabits a carefully organized world, whether it’s his meticulous work files or the regularity of a tuna and toast dinner. His charge’s lives are inevitably in some state of upheaval or at least must bear the brunt of the disgrace of dying alone with no next of kin to be found. May dedicates himself to guaranteeing a decent, final exit for these lonely souls. Written and directed by Uberto Pasolini, Still Life is a…
A story of moving beyond solitary life told with soft precision and delicate voice—that yet speaks volumes. The quiet, intentional performance by Marsan brought tears to these eyes. A beautiful, solemn picture.
I'm on the fence about the ending, which made its themes too overt for my taste. Not enough to discount the power of the film as a whole, though.
- The Brave Little Toaster
- Fantastic Planet
- Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
- The Departed
- Days of Heaven
- The Thin Red Line
- The Boss of It All
- 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.