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Still Life

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United Kingdom, Italy · 2013
1h 32m
Director Uberto Pasolini
Starring Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt, Karen Drury, Andrew Buchan
Genre Drama

A council case worker looks for the relatives of those found dead and alone.

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New York Daily News by

This might have worked as a short story. As a film, it’s not viciously bad, but it’s dull.


The A.V. Club by Benjamin Mercer

While Still Life remains relatively successful at sustaining its plainly downbeat atmosphere—and at conveying the deep silence and stifled yearning of days and nights spent profoundly alone—it brooks too little subtlety in navigating many of the plot’s larger-picture developments.


The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

The inescapably precious Still Life doesn’t deal in anything as truthful, complex and difficult as empathy; its only currency is pity, and that is the basest coin of all.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Still Life constantly threatens to become a better movie: John’s scrutiny of photos feels vaguely serial-killer–esque, and there’s a late-inning love interest (Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt) that you privately cheer for.


The Dissolve by Mike D'Angelo

Marsan does his best to convey his character’s essential decency, but he’s hamstrung by Pasolini’s insistence on underscoring the emptiness of John’s existence at every opportunity.


New York Post by Sara Stewart

Director Uberto Pasolini (“Machan”) has a gem in Marsan, a virtuoso actor who plays the role delicately where another might have laid on the pathos too thick.


Slant Magazine by Wes Greene

Its fixation on life's quotidian aspects gives way to a less imaginative focus on an inevitable and overly familiar romance.

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