Life of Riley

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Adapted from Alan Ayckbourn's play Relatively Speaking, LIFE OF RILEY is the ebullient and highly stylized story of the emotional entanglements among three couples living in the English countryside. When the couples learn that their close mutual friend George is terminally ill, their shared bonds are laid bare and Resnais' exquisitely developed characters begin to grapple with their own mortality and romantic vision of life. The brisk and shrewdly articulate encounters between the characters, played by Sabine Azéma, Hippolyte Girardot, Caroline Silhol, Michel Vuillermoz, Sandrine Kiberlain and André Dussollier, unfold an intimate real life story that bleeds in and out of the theater piece in which they are all cast. Splendid scenes of the English countryside and gorgeously illustrated settings demarcate the turning points in the plot, and the continuously blurred line between fiction and reality. A joyously unsettling meditation on the elasticity of the boundaries of love and affection, LIFE OF RILEY is an entirely unique, ingeniously structured and poignantly jubilant farewell from one of the greatest directors of all time. (C) Kino

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  • As in all of Resnais's theatrical adaptations, the performances are warm and naturalistic, countering the artificiality of the stage conventions and illuminating the universal struggle to create personal meaning in lives bound by social convention.

    March 12, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I found it unbearably boring and mannered.

    March 6, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

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  • I personally prefer the more vital, cinematic ideas of Resnais in his youth to the stagey confections of his later years. But Life of Riley has its own sadness and charm.

    March 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A drama within a drama within a drama that's orchestrated with lightness, subtlety and enchantment.

    March 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • So frothy and chiffonesque it threatens to burst its own cheeks.

    October 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • What a way to go. If you have to go, and we all do.

    October 24, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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