In 2007 Sight & Sound began compiling review/best of the year-lists which with the exception of the year 2008 have been…
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.
Eddie Marsan plays John, a council worker who traces the families of those who have died alone. He performs his job with great care, but is not appreciated by his superiors who think his thoroughness costs them too much.
This film was a lovely surprise, I had never heard of it but it was listed as a British film on Netflix and rated quite highly on imdb so I watched it with no knowledge of what it was about. It's slow-moving - the search for relatives of dead people doesn't involve many car chases or much sex - but that was right for the subject matter. The ending was a real surprise to me, all I can say is be prepared for tears!
A sombre but truly life affirming drama about a lonely man trying to give some dignity to other lonely people on their way out of this world. Eddie Marsan is a fucking national treasure and his stiff upper lip, no first name terms performance is the foundation of a masterful character study.
There's little in the way of comic relief but you can't help but root for Mr. May. Some especially pat foreshadowing makes the conclusion a little obvious if you're paying attention, but its impact in the execution cannot be underestimated.
Una cosa es una peli lenta y otra es que esta ni siquiera avance.
Quiet movie about a quiet man. Probably boring for some people but I liked it especially the lead role. Borderline toooo corny ending but I got sucked in and liked that part, too. Sort of a sad but sweet movie.
It was so promising! Eddie Marsan is such a great actor and his performance here is no exception and the attention to detail in regards to imagery was next level. However I can't forgive the last ten minutes of the film, it has one of the worst closing scenes I've ever encountered.
I feel this would have worked better as a short film.
Have you ever watched a film just because you wanted to look at Eddie Marsan's face?
Not exactly awful, but pretty damn dull ...
Is what I was going to go with, right up until the final 10 minutes, which are, unfortunately, incredibly awful. So now I'll go with:
Awful, and pretty damn dull.