Dreams of a Life (2012)
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Would anyone miss you? Nobody noticed when Joyce Vicent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life -- not even a photograph. Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce's life is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait on London in the eighties -- the city, music and race. It is a
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Joyce, Joyce Vincent
Nadia Di Mambro
Darren Elliot Holme
Woman in Pub
Daren Elliot Holmes
For all its subtext about identity and London's social fabric, "Dreams of a Life" leaves too many blanks and is ultimately more frustrating than rewarding.
A riveting tale of a onetime vivacious personality, described by those who knew her as "stunning," "lovely," and "very well liked," but who nevertheless died alone, friendless and seemingly missed by nobody.
Left with barely any there there, Morley compensates with long reenactments starring look-alike Zawe Ashton that are never quite convincing but instead suck more air out of the haunting vacuum left behind in Vincent's wake.
Morley's film is a mirror. How much do we know ourselves? How much do others know us? It works on the ego as much as it works on our empathy.
Disappointing documentary-fiction hybrid on the true story of a woman found dead and alone in an apartment three years after her demise. A pile-up of unanswered questions and unidentified witnesses frustrates more than it intrigues.
Dreams of a Life succeeds in making its point about the unkowability of the people in our lives, but there isn't quite enough substance here to fully sustain the film.
Stunningly perplexing ... while it does leave you terribly bummed out in the end, it also leaves you with a whole lot of questions.
It's a fascinating film, skilfully assembled, and one is inevitably reminded of Citizen Kane and Rashomon...
What results is an impressionistic study of how the big city can envelope a person until there is almost nothing left except what bits and pieces acquaintances can remember.
It is necessarily incomplete but still constructs a haunting portrait of a woman who deserved a better life and death.
She may have been forgotten in life, but Joyce Vincent will haunt anyone who watches this astonishing film.
The problem - and it's a glaring one - is that Morley imposes a creative stamp on the material that keeps getting in the way.
It isn't just the mystery that mesmerises, it is the misery or the apprehension of it: the sense of some untold, secret pain that had been Vincent's constant companion.
Watching it is an almost claustrophobic experience, but a very powerful and moving one.
Hard to recall a film that lodges in the memory quite like this. Unmissable.
Impressively assembled and exhaustively researched, this is a grimly fascinating, deeply upsetting documentary-slash-mystery that raises some uncomfortable questions.
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