Director: Uberto Pasolini
Cast: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury
Genre: Comedy Drama
Country of Origin: UK 2013 92 mins.
Winner Best Director 2013 Venice International Film Festival, Best Film 2013 Reykjavik International Film Festival
Released by ARTIFICIAL EYE/CURZON FILM RELEASING
'Captivating and compelling. Eddie Marsan is extraordinary.'
'Still Life', Uberto Pasolini's second feature is a gem. Inspired by real life events this poignant and compelling tale of life, love, and a man's commitment to his fellow man sees Eddie Marsan give a sensitive, brilliant, quirky and authentic performance as John May whose loneliness and solitude suggests an empty personal life but who's emotionally self-sufficient finding fulfilment in his job, a life dedicated to those who die alone. it's a world seen and felt from John May's point of view.
John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker whose job is to find the next of kin of those who have died alone. Highly meticulous and obsessively organised, with no friends or family, the job's his whole life. He goes beyond the call of duty to see a job through. Only when all leads have been checked will John May close the case and organise the funeral for his forgotten 'clients'.
John May's neat, calm and ordered life changes when Billy Stoke, an elderly alcoholic is found dead in the flat directly opposite. Visiting the flat to search for clues to his neighbour's life, he sees the mirror image of his own but as May starts to research Billy Stoke's life he receives devastating news - the department is being downsized, and John May is being made redundant. What will he do without his job, without his routine?
With a few days grace, John May begins to piece together Billy Stokes's rich but fractured life which leads to Billy's estranged and vulnerable daughter, Kelly (Joanne Froggatt) and these two lonely souls are instinctively drawn to one another.
'Still Life' is small budget production that's a gem and a delight.