Still Life (2013)

26 Feb

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Uberto Pasolini’s multi-award winning Still Life returns to New Zealand cinemas after a stellar reception at the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival, and indeed, around the globe.

Set in South London, the film follows John May (Eddie Marsan), an introverted council worker charged finding the next of kin of deceased loners in his local community. Though John recognises the importance of reuniting these lost souls with their loved ones, not only for their own dignity, but also to heal those left behind; those above him do not and he is left with just one final case, that of his neighbour Billy Stoke. His journey to untangle Billy’s tumultuous life sees John slowly bring himself back into the world of the living, literally taking a bite out of life, making meaningful connections, and creating a lifetime of memories in a few short days.

Throughout the film we learn the importance of living in the moment, caring for those we have and have not met, forgiving those who have hurt us for ourselves as much as for them, and most of all enjoying every precious minute we are given to connect with the world around us.

Pasolini walks the tightrope of gentle storytelling with lightness and grace, never wavering in his engagement with the audience. To this, Stefano Falivene’s cleverly photographic cinematography conveys the film’s messages with playfulness and clarity; while Eddie Marsan’s portrayal of the unassumingly lovely John May brings Still Life home, making it one of the finest films produced in recent times. Do yourself and everyone you love a favour and go see this film while you can, it’s food for the soul.

Ed.

NEW ZEALAND PREMIERE SEASON

COMMENCES 12 MARCH at:

Auckland, Bridgeway Cinemas

Auckland, Capitol Cinemas

Auckland, Rialto Newmarket

Christchurch, Academy Gold Cinemas

COMMENCES 19 MARCH at:

Wellington, Paramount Cinemas

Wellington, Penthouse Cinema

COMMENCES 2 APRIL at:

Tauranga, Rialto Cinemas

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