Still Life (★★★★ Empire Review)

StillLifeSquarePLOT John May (Marsan), a council worker specialising in locating the loved ones of people who died alone, throws himself into his last assignment when council cutbacks lay him off.

Lonely council worker John May (Marsan) has spent so many years tracking down the friends and family of people who died alone, he has never made the time to ensure he doesn’t meet the same fate. When he is made redundant due to council cutbacks, he throws everything he has into his last assignment: locating the loved ones of an itinerant war veteran. Marsan, his face as crumpled and careworn as his old leather briefcase, is outstanding as the quiet loner who refuses to let the dead go unmourned in an exquisitely observed, meticulously crafted and deeply affecting tale from The Full Monty producer Pasolini.

VERDICT This quietly brilliant, heart-wrenching, yet ultimately life-affirming drama is a triumph for writer/director/producer Pasolini, anchored by Marsan’s acutely observed performance. ★★★★

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