Still Life


Still Life

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Still Life moves with a quiet grace that some viewers may mistake for mannered passivity, but rewards patience with genuine poignancy.



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Life for the unassuming John May (Eddie Marsan Happy-Go-Lucky, "Ray Donovan") has always revolved around his work for the local council in South London, finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. Profoundly dedicated to his work, he believes that everyone deserves a dignified exit, and writes eulogies and organizes funerals for those who wouldn't have them otherwise. But when a new case - an elderly alcoholic in a flat directly opposite his own - hits him harder than usual, he journeys outside London to track down the man's long-abandoned daughter (Joanne Froggatt "Downton Abbey"). Against the odds, the two lonely souls are drawn to each other - and John's outlook starts to open to life's possibilities. (C) Tribeca


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  • I was intrigued by the prospect of the always-compelling Eddie Marsan playing a dull south London council funeral administrator in Still Life.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • It is a sad, muted film, speckled with many poignant and shrewd little visual touches about what solitude feels like.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The presence of the great Eddie Marsan can't save this ponderous and sentimental Brit film about death and dying.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This mopey British drama (2013) trades in easy ironies and self-satisfied humanism, throwing in a little ugly-duckling romance.

    Feb 2, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Marsan's technical precision as an actor is formidable, and he's wonderful to watch. But when the material's synthetic, as it is here, you wish Marsan could bust loose at the expense of the movie's obsessively orderly nature.

    Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A soulful if obvious meditation on lives lived unshared, and one man's dedication to righting those wrongs while neglecting his own life.

    Jan 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 14, 2014
    Nuanced even in its smallest details, and with an impressive performance by Eddie Marsan and a precious art direction that tells a lot about his character, this subtle film is also a delicate study on death and loneliness, although it ends with an abrupt, anticlimactic conclusion.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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