Still Life

Still Life

DVD - 2015
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A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, [Place of publisher not identifed],, [2015]
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION STI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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martins_mom Mar 31, 2018

John May is a meticulous man unusually committed to his job for a London borough tracing family or friends of people who die alone. He even arranges funerals for those who have no one to do so. The moment showing him handling the various CDs that he has used in the funerals of a Russian Orthodox man, a young Scottish footballer and a Catholic woman encapsulates his whole career. When he is made redundant he insists on completing a last case, which leads to a pivotal meeting. The ending is a study in irony.

Nov 18, 2017

This movie reminds us all about our life and how we live it. Sometimes it comes sudden like a "thud" from a bus popping us out of life into a world of the dead. Who will come to see us off?? Does it in fact really matters? We are already dead? Still an eye opener to see how many people around us could die alone as well, no one at the grave to say goodbye! :((

Good movie. Recommended for the lonely and old age who is about to leave. Let them call their family today before there is no one at the grave! :(( Sad but true about our lives lived.

Nov 10, 2017

Thoughtful, compassionate , and impressive movie. Lingers afterwards...

Highly recommend. 4 stars

Oct 13, 2017

From the instant of birth we are approaching the time of our death. Perhaps this movie struck a chord because I had my parents and in-laws die a few years ago. At my father's funeral a large church was, surprisingly, filled to capacity while at my mother-in-law's burial only a small group of family were present. So it is easy to imagine, but at the same time troubling, that some people leave this world without anyone present to mark their passing. This poignant, subtle movie raises many questions about our attitude toward death - and often our laziness to let life trickle away. Other social issues are touched on by this clever social commentary and tragic-comedy.

Oct 02, 2017

Even though this movie is a few years old. I totally enjoyed it, might be slightly slow for some. Loved the characters and the plot. It was a thoughtful and quirky film, that the British do so well.

Jun 23, 2017

I see that several considered this film to be slow and boring. For me, slow and boring was considered, thoughtful and meticulous. It is worth watching the somewhat quirky dedication and compassion of this man who believes that each life is of value and that when we leave here that there be an acknowledgement of that life. By making it to the end of this movie I found it to have wonderful staying power and even the title “Still Life” took on multiple meanings and interpretations from still as in silent to still as in stationary to still as in only to still as enduring to still as in quiet to still life as in art.

Mar 13, 2017

A wonderful little movie. Nothing stands out. Not garish. No action. No cgi. Just a nice little movie that fits like a pair of slippers by the fireplace. I'll watch it again, every time I show it to another friend.

Oct 24, 2016

Sadly the movie is slow as it can be. I turn it off half way...

Oct 15, 2016

A quirky little movie that goes slowly until almost the end (which I won't reveal but it's the reason to watch it to the finish line). Very odd film but it stays with you afterwards.

Aug 14, 2016

I wanted this to be a quaint & delightful British drama but it wasn't. It was just dreary. I can't get those 89 minutes back now.

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Oct 13, 2017

Life for the unassuming John May (played by Eddie Marsan) 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 funeral, and writes eulogies and organizes burials or cremations for those who wouldn't have them otherwise. But when a new case - an elderly alcoholic in a flat directly opposite his own - hits May harder than usual, he journeys outside London to track down the man's long abandoned [wife and] daughter. Against the odds, the two lonely souls are drawn to each other - and May's outlook starts to open to life's possibilities. 93 min., colour [from the DVD jacket]

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