Friday, July 18, 2014

Still Life

Director: Uberto Pasolini

Starring: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury, Andrew Buchan

John May (Eddie Marsan) is a local council worker responsible for arranging the funerals of people who die and have no known next of kin. Dedicated to the task he spends his spare time combing through any available clues the deceased have left behind such as photographs, letters, music, clothes, and composes a funeral service to bid them farewell from this world. He organizes funerals for all denominations that invariably only he and the local priest are in attendance. When no relatives can be found he also scatters the ashes of the deceased, adding their file photo to the album he keeps in his sad council flat. Dedicated to the vocation May suddenly finds himself redundant after 22 years when his department is downsized. Determined to complete his last case in his own time, he begins to reflect on the narrowness of his life. Comedy and tragedy are closely intertwined in this sober, human drama where Marsan’s performance is superb. Exquisitely morbid.

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