The Road: A Story of Life and Death (★★ Empire Review)

RoadSquareMarc Isaacs has spent a decade making TV documentaries examining the people who populate a seemingly humdrum place – like Nick Broomfield without the celebrity fixation. His latest film, in which he meets various immigrants along a stretch of the A5 near Cricklewood, is arguably no more worthy of a cinema release, despite a half-hearted stab at Dreams of a Life-style melancholy (“Who knows how long the body would have lain undiscovered, had I not been filming?”) Isaacs has certainly assembled an interesting cast of characters – a retired German air hostess who lives in a house as cramped as an aircraft, a 95-year-old Jewish woman ecstatic over her “bastard” husband’s recent death – but his no-frills interview technique veers between compassion and condescension, making The Road distinctly uneven. ★★

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