Still Life (2013) - Drama

Hohum Score

21

Watchable

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

IMDB: 7.4
Director: Uberto Pasolini
Stars: Eddie Marsan, Joanne Froggatt
Length: 92 Minutes
PG Rating: TV-14
Reviews: 9 out of 47 found boring (19.14%)

One-line Reviews (25)

After John is terminated from his position (for being too "slow" and "inefficient") and things begin to look even bleaker for him, there is one ambiguous scene where it appears that he may even be contemplating suicide.

This is a movie that centers on loneliness and living a passive, uneventful life.

Also for boring England.

We see him every day at work in the same drab office, and then going home to the same drab house and eating the same drab meal.

The interiors and exteriors of buildings, with such things as the rooms in which people have lived and died are so evocative and realistic it is hard to believe it is not a documentary at times.

The movie is super boring.

Whether the story is compelling or not I'll leave (to) others to decide...

Finally let me say that this is a movie very much worth watching.

However, what really excels is the way that all the elements of film-making work together to make this an enjoyable watch.

The most boring movie I've seen.

I found this to be a sad but engaging film, with Eddie Marsan perfectly understated in the role of a lonely civil "detective" who devotes his life to finding relatives of the deceased to attend their funerals.

This is a great film, absorbing from start to finish.

Just when I thought the story would become predictable, ya got punch in the gut and gasped.

There are times when you are certain you know where this story is going, such as when John meets Kelly (Joanne Froggatt) and is obviously smitten, but Pasolini avoids the predictable and it is his decision to take the narrative road less travelled that makes the film such a surprise.

A movie that seemingly starts off as a rather ordinary piece of work becomes a truly fascinating insight into an aspect of life we all miss because it occurs under our noses.

The way I made it compelling to myself is to turn the issue of loneliness in to a personal story, and...

Movie addicts have an affection for boring England.

We all know the dangers of leaving safe plodding behind.

The plot is perfectly structured around the main character, each and every scene is deeply evocative and, even if dialogues are very short and rare, the slow pace of the movie doesn't make it boring at all.

Yes, its slow - patient as the character was in finding the nuance in every life he sought to piece together.

Although this is a quiet, slow -some (not I) might even say boring - movie, the final scene brought everything to a head, calling to mind the final scenes in both "Titanic" and "Schindler's List.

It reminded me at times of 'I hired a contract killer' by Karismaki or the dreary kitchen sink realism in Mike Leigh's 'All or Nothing'.

Despite being about a very average and lonely man doing a largely thankless job, it subtly draws you in -- first with engaging vignettes of the man's life and then with the central detective-like quest he tasks himself with -- and leads you towards a predictable finish and then hits you with a moving twist and an even more perfect ending than what you were expecting.

There are several superb surprises along the way, among them fascinating encounters with relations to the deceased.

A gem of a film worth watching .