Still Life

Still Life

Still Life

For 22 years, life for the calm and insular John May (Eddie Marsan) has been his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin for those who have passed away alone. But in this age of 'efficiency', John's meticulousness is no longer desired. He’s made redundant, and left with one final assignment: a search for the relatives of Billy Stoke.

John pieces together Billy’s life; a mix of mischief, misadventure and love, most of all for an abandoned daughter, Kelly (Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey). John and Kelly are drawn to each other, and as their friendship blossoms, his outlook opens imperceptibly to life's possibilities.

Winner, Best Film & Director (Uberto Pasolini), Venice Film Festival 2013.
2013Rating: M, Coarse language and themes94 minsUK
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

If you’re feeling short on time, see this film. It laboriously draws 90 minutes out into something that seems twice that long. That's despite director Uberto Pasolini having a promising and – in the wake of recent events in Wellington – sadly topical premise. What does happen to people who die utterly alone?

A good lesson about death

Gives a lot of thoughts about life, and what's more, about how to die with dignity.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Constantly threatens to become a better movie...

2.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Marsan does his best to convey his character’s essential decency, but he’s hamstrung by Pasolini’s insistence on underscoring the emptiness of John’s existence at every opportunity.

2.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A mannered and rather familiar dark comedy-drama.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

They weren't kidding with the title of this mawkish character study.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Beautifully crafted and exquisitely observed with an outstanding performance from Eddie Marsan in the lead.

4.0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

If you’re feeling short on time, see this film. It laboriously draws 90 minutes out into something that seems twice that long. That's despite director Uberto Pasolini having a promising and – in the wake of recent events in Wellington – sadly topical premise. What does happen to people who die utterly alone?

Time Out

Time Out

press

Constantly threatens to become a better movie...

2.0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Marsan does his best to convey his character’s essential decency, but he’s hamstrung by Pasolini’s insistence on underscoring the emptiness of John’s existence at every opportunity.

2.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

A mannered and rather familiar dark comedy-drama.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

They weren't kidding with the title of this mawkish character study.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Beautifully crafted and exquisitely observed with an outstanding performance from Eddie Marsan in the lead.

4.0

A good lesson about death

Gives a lot of thoughts about life, and what's more, about how to die with dignity.

4.0