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Still Life (2013)

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A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.

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Kelly Stoke
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Mary
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Shakthi
David Shaw Parker ...
Billy Stoke's Caretaker
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Homeless Man
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Morgue Attendant
Leon Silver ...
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Prison Officer
Wayne Foskett ...
Garry
Hebe Beardsall ...
Lucy
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Still Life is a poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife. Meticulous and organized to the point of obsession, John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, John must up his efforts on his final case, taking him on a liberating journey that allows him to start living life at last. Written by Anonymous

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For John May, life is looking up.

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The song played at the Greek left-handed bouzouki player's funeral (second in order at the start of the movie) is Misirlou, a song of numerous covers and versions in discography, famously appearing in the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, amongst others. See more »

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Amazing Grace
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Performed by The Soweto Gospel Choir
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How to write a poignant story about lonely people
6 July 2014 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This is my first-ever review on IMDb (and my first movie review as well), but while watching this superb gem of cinematography I couldn't help but think that it deserved the effort.

I will not go into details as for the plot, which is quite simple and linear, yet very peculiar. The movie is about the everyday life of John May, who works for his borough council in a very special function, as he arranges funerals for people who died alone and in the meanwhile he tries to track down any relatives or friends who may want to come to the funeral.

I was intrigued by the movie as soon as I read about it, but it went way over my expectations. The plot is perfectly structured around the main character, each and every scene is deeply evocative and, even if dialogues are very short and rare, the slow pace of the movie doesn't make it boring at all.

But what makes this movie a valid 10 out of 10 rating is the bittersweet ending, that I found very touching and communicates a strong message of hope irrespective of the tragic setting. This shows how directors can make a great movie without forcing viewers to a 3-hour marathon of twisting plots or leaving them with a sense of unfinished business with ambiguous endings.

In conclusion, I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to enjoy a short, but poignant reflection on loneliness and human bonding.


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