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Dreams of a Life (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, Drama | 3 August 2012 (USA)
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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

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Carol Morley

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Carol Morley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zawe Ashton ... Joyce Vincent
Alix Luka-Cain Alix Luka-Cain ... Young Joyce
Alistair Abrahams Alistair Abrahams ... Himself
Mandy Allen Mandy Allen ... Herself
Prue Almond Prue Almond ... Herself
Kim Bacon Kim Bacon ... Herself
Daniel Roberts Daniel Roberts ... Himself
William Barthorpe William Barthorpe ... Himself
Alison Campsie Alison Campsie ... Herself
Catherine Clarke Catherine Clarke ... Herself
Michael Davies Michael Davies ... Himself
Alton Edwards Alton Edwards ... Himself
Jerome Everette Jerome Everette ... Himself
Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone ... Herself (as Lynne Featherstone MP)
David Gibbs David Gibbs ... Himself
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A filmmaker sets out to discover the life of Joyce Vincent, who died in her bedsit in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, and newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

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English

Release Date:

3 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oneira mias zois See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,085, 5 August 2012

Gross USA:

$8,405

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,898
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When the police forensics team begin looking around Joyce's flat, at one point her television is seen, on top of which is a statue of a women, appearing to be made of wood. Later on in the film, when Joyce's friends begin discussing her mother, they speak over a flashback of her mother and Joyce as a young girl, the same statue can be seen on a mantelpiece in the background. See more »

Quotes

Alistair Abrahams: Everyone has their secrets, she just seemed to have more than most.
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Minnie's Lament
Performed by Minnie Riperton
Composed by Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph)
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
Published by Embassy Music / Dickiebird Music
By kind permission of Music Sales Ltd
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Sad but powerful
31 March 2012 | by billcr12See all my reviews

Newspaper headlines are flashed on screen detailing the strange case of a 38 year old woman found dead in her apartment after three years. Joyce Carol Vincent died a lonesome death, without drawing notice. A pathologist could not determine the cause of death due to its decomposition. Dental records were used for identification. The people who discovered her said that the television was on and Christmas presents were partially wrapped. A reenactment shows a team in hazmat suits decontaminating the flat. A picture of a pretty black woman is shown while interviews with friends and co-workers begin.She is described as well spoken and easy going. Her mother wast Indian and father a black Grenadian carpenter and womanizer. Her mother died when she was eleven and she told those around her that her father had also passed away. Later on it is discovered that he passed away a year after her.

Recordings are played from a studio session when Joyce was aspiring to be a professional singer. A boyfriend, Martin, speaks well of her with fond memories. He is white and overweight and was shocked that such a good looking woman would date him. Another boyfriend remembers living with her and the night she tells him how she met Nelson Mandela. They eventually drift apart and she lives a nomadic lifestyle, rooming with different men and possibly being physically abused by one. A beautiful actress(Zawe Ashton) portrays Joyce in the film and she is very good.

Ironically, the most compelling figure of the story turns out to be Martin, who with introspection, regrets the choices he made because he never stops thinking about Joyce, who he loved very much.

Dreams of A Life is a powerful and moving statement on how little we really know about each other and the inner demons within all of us.


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