Review:DVD Of The Week – Still Life

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EVER been moved by stories of people being found weeks, months or even (gulp!) years after they died lonely deaths in their homes? Then this film will reach out and touch you.

This award-winning and poignantly haunting story has reduced cinema audiences to tears. You won’t forget the mesmerising performance by Eddie Marsan as John May, a man with a dead end job – literally. May is a meticulous inner-London council official whose job is to track down the relatives of people who died alone. He leaves no stone unturned in his quest. But all-too-often he finds no one who cares, so John organises a funeral even if he’s the only mourner. He’s passionate, everybody is worth remembering, nobody should simply be shuffled off this mortal coil. But budgets are tight, and May’s uncaring boss (Andrew Buchan) doesn’t rate the needs of the dead highly, so John’s told he’s redundant. He has just one more case to wrap up, and the trail takes John across the country, where he tracks down the deceased’s daughter, Kelly Stoke (Joanne Froggatt – giving a performance as gentle and heartfelt as her award-winning turn in Downton Abbey), with profound results.