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


Eddie Marsan
as John May
Neil D'Souza
as Shakthi
Andrew Buchan
as Council Manager
Michael Elkin
as Caretaker
David Shaw Parker
as Billy Stokes' Caretaker
Tim Potter
as Homeless Man
Bronson Webb
as Morgue Attendant
Leon Silver
as Crematorium Attendant
Lloyd McGuire
as Prison Officer
Wayne Foskett
as Fishmonger
Hebe Beardsall
as Mary's Daughter
Andrew Ashford
as Cemetery Attendant
Mark Oliver
as Unhappy Neighbor
Paddy O'Reilly
as Dog Owner
Rosalie Kosky-Hensman
as Girl at Station
Frankie Wilson
as Young Soldier
Aaron Ishmael
as Factory Worker
Colin Hoult
as Cemetery Manager
Ian Mann
as Priest
Al Cowie
as Priest
Chris W. Hill
as Cemetery Attendant
Father Theonas
as Eastern Celebrant
Mike Ray
as Cemetery Attendant
Narinder Pal Guraya
as Office Cleaner
Terry Nii-Odoi
as Cemetery Attendant
Tim Hope
as Billy Stoke
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Critic Reviews for Still Life

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

  • 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)
    Top Critic
  • 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…

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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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