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Still Life (2013)

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


Uberto Pasolini


Uberto Pasolini
19 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Marsan ... John May
Joanne Froggatt ... Kelly Stoke
Karen Drury Karen Drury ... Mary
Andrew Buchan ... Council Manager
Neil D'Souza ... Shakthi
David Shaw Parker David Shaw Parker ... Billy Stoke's Caretaker
Michael Elkin ... Caretaker
Ciaran McIntyre Ciaran McIntyre ... Jumbo
Tim Potter ... Homeless Man
Paul Anderson ... Homeless Man
Bronson Webb ... Morgue Attendant
Leon Silver Leon Silver ... Crematorium Attendant
Lloyd McGuire ... Prison Officer
Wayne Foskett ... Garry
Hebe Beardsall ... Lucy


Still Life is a poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife. Meticulous and organized to the point of obsession, John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, John must up his efforts on his final case, taking him on a liberating journey that allows him to start living life at last. Written by Anonymous

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For John May, life is looking up.




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Official site [Japan]


UK | Italy



Release Date:

12 December 2013 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. May und das Flüstern der Ewigkeit See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The song played at the Greek left-handed bouzouki player's funeral (second in order at the start of the movie) is Misirlou, a song of numerous covers and versions in discography, famously appearing in the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, amongst others. See more »


Kelly Stoke: I was thinking next Friday after the service, maybe we could go somewhere for a cup of tea or chocolate... Just to, you know, just to, just to chat... If you have time, of course. If you...
John May: Yes... Yes, I would like that very much... Just a cup of something.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.4 (2015) See more »


Arranged by Nicholas Roubanis (uncredited)
Performed by Mikes Petrinos
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Poignant perfection
7 September 2014 | by docmusimdbSee all my reviews

Some movies have as their purpose to excite, to amaze, to intrigue or to provoke laughter. Others are there to make you think and feel and care. Still life is one of those. Although it is described in the promos as a comedy/drama it is not. It is a gentle and moving visual elegy for human beings. The plot has been well described by other reviewers on IMDb. A seemingly solitary middle-aged man goes about his punctilious duties of researching contacts and connections of people who have died all alone.What made this movie so particularly different and affecting for me was the punctilious and affectionate attention to detail by the director. This detail is in both the fine nuances of the performances, particularly by Eddie Marsan playing the lead character, John May and in the visual richness such as the buildings in which people live and work and the photographs that John May finds and carefully works through. The photograph researcher for the movie alone deserves an Oscar. 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. All these glimpses are perfectly paced in the slow flowing narrative which proceeds to involve us and then move us to smiles and tears, caring about all the people in the story except the horrible boss. Through the subject matter of aloneness, estrangement, kindness, friendship and lost love Pasolini has given us an experience to be cherished.

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