Still Life

2015

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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Critic Reviews for Still Life

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (15)

  • Thanks to Marsan's considered and eloquent performance, and Pasolini's unabashedly sentimental approach to the subject matter, Still Life makes for a gentle, sombre, and reflective drama about finding life, even in death.

    August 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Joseph Walsh

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  • The film rewards a look for the performance of Marsan alone.

    April 27, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Still Life becomes a document of how far our reach goes as individuals.

    February 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • You know your heart's meant to ache because of the musical motif that actually sounds like plucking on heartstrings.

    March 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • I was unprepared for the transcendent final moments, which left me suddenly and unexpectedly in tears.

    February 8, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a gentle, well-observed drama with a very likeable performance from Marsan.

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

Audience Reviews for Still Life

  • 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.
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