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Still Life

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2013
  • Uberto Pasolini
  • 88 mins
  • 12A

Summary

An unassuming man is employed by his local council to find and inform the families of people who died alone. His stable routine comes to an end when he is made redundant, but as he carries out his final assignment, he gains fresh inspiration from a friendship with the dead man's daughter and learning about her father's fascinating life. Comedy drama, starring Eddie Marsan and Joanne Froggatt.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This melancholy, low-key drama opens with a series of diverse funerals. At each one, the only person in attendance is John May (Eddie Marsan), a lonely council worker who organises the burial service whenever someone in his borough dies alone. Doing much more than the job requires, John is unusually meticulous and thorough, acting as a detective of sorts by tracking down any friends or relatives who might wish to pay their respects to the deceased. After being made redundant, he persuades his boss to let him finish one final case, which centres on a hot-tempered alcoholic who recently passed away. The story that follows is sombre and understated to a fault, but it also contains several quietly affecting moments, most of which are complemented by a beautiful score by Rachel Portman. The real reason to watch, though, is Marsan, who provides a typically impressive performance in the lead role.

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Credits

Cast

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John MayEddie Marsan
KellyJoanne Froggatt
MaryKaren Drury
Mr PratchettAndrew Buchan
JumboCiaran McIntyre
ShakthiNeil D'Souza
Homeless manPaul Anderson (2)
Homeless manTim Potter

Crew

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DirectorUberto Pasolini

Details

Theatrical distributor
Curzon Film World
Released on
2015-02-06
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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