Still Life

The final curtain: never a pattern you'd choose.
The final curtain: never a pattern you’d choose.

When people die alone within his London council’s boundaries, John (Eddie Marsan) is the man tasked to organise a funeral and track down relatives to attend it. He’s conscientious but generally finds himself the only mourner.

John is also solitary; a nice man, but no oil painting, and too fond of tank tops. Love has passed him by, possibly somewhere in BHS.

Then the council makes cuts and John’s job gets its last rites. He asks to be allowed to wind up his last case, a Falklands veteran turned alcoholic who died in John’s own apartment block. He makes it his mission to track down the man’s friends and family.

This film has its moments of poignancy and wry humour, but its pace gets a bit funereal at times and its message about human connection is not always subtle. 6/10

Released July 24, 2014.

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