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Still Life (2013)

TV-14 | | Drama | 12 December 2013 (Italy)
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A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.


Uberto Pasolini


Uberto Pasolini
19 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Marsan ... John May
Joanne Froggatt ... Kelly Stoke
Karen Drury Karen Drury ... Mary
Andrew Buchan ... Council Manager
Neil D'Souza ... Shakthi
David Shaw Parker David Shaw Parker ... Billy Stoke's Caretaker
Michael Elkin ... Caretaker
Ciaran McIntyre Ciaran McIntyre ... Jumbo
Tim Potter ... Homeless Man
Paul Anderson ... Homeless Man
Bronson Webb ... Morgue Attendant
Leon Silver Leon Silver ... Crematorium Attendant
Lloyd McGuire ... Prison Officer
Wayne Foskett ... Garry
Hebe Beardsall ... Lucy


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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Official Sites:

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UK | Italy



Release Date:

12 December 2013 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. May und das Flüstern der Ewigkeit See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Factory Worker: [while wearing the cover] Should be the right size... Sorry about this... You know, health rules.
John May: I understand... I also have to wear this stuff at work sometimes.
Factory Worker: You're in food processing, too, then? Baking?
John May: Baking? No. No, not really baking. I'm actually a... Well, I only have to wear this when I see people.
Factory Worker: People?
John May: Yes. I mean people, uh... who, who don't bake anymore.
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Referenced in Film 2017: Episode #44.4 (2015) See more »


Arranged by Nicholas Roubanis (uncredited)
Performed by Mikes Petrinos
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So English so brilliantly done
6 October 2013 | by john_kaskaSee all my reviews

This is a great film, absorbing from start to finish. The lead actor Eddie Marsan (playing John May) is outstanding.

Let me first say that this is not a comedy. It has a dark theme, loneliness and death. May works for the council and his delightful job is to track down relatives of people who have died alone. Sometimes though these people die alone for a good reason and so May is often the sole attendee at the funeral. May is so compassionate that he tries to replace the missing family and friends by writing obituaries based on what he finds at the deceased 's residence. It's really touching and sincere. May himself is also a bit of a loner. The scenes of how people live and the way they talk about each other is beautifully done and so English - fish and chip shops, the pub, the banter with old colleagues of victims. Marsan is just superb. The other characters are minor compared to him but still make excellent contributions (Jumbo makes a few serious comments about war, Mary in the chip shop helps us see a better side of a tough guy, the same guy's daughter gives us another view again). I really like the way the story develops and found the ending very satisfying and fitting. Go see it.

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