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Still Life (2013)

TV-14 | | Drama | 12 December 2013 (Italy)
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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 Sites:

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 »


Factory Worker: [while wearing the cover] Should be the right size... Sorry about this... You know, health rules.
John May: I understand... I also have to wear this stuff at work sometimes.
Factory Worker: You're in food processing, too, then? Baking?
John May: Baking? No. No, not really baking. I'm actually a... Well, I only have to wear this when I see people.
Factory Worker: People?
John May: Yes. I mean people, uh... who, who don't bake anymore.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #44.4 (2015) See more »


Scotland the Brave
Performed by The Pipes and Drums of the 1st Royal Tank Regiment
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A beautiful elegy on life's brevity
28 July 2014 | by mark-3629See all my reviews

We saw 'Still Life" on Sunday- a truly beautiful film that is a wonderful and heart-churning lesson in how we relate to others in life and the reminder to connect with people. When the effort of not trying to cry causes such gut-wrenching anguish, you know that the film-maker has said what needs to be expressed. Talk to your neighbors, the person on the bus or really anyone: the lesson learned: who will grieve, miss you and be there when your time ends. Beautiful performances by Eddie Marsen and Joanne Froggatt. A wonderful elegy on connection: get yourself to the cinema. I guarantee that you will call someone you love/ care about after seeing this and hopefully re-think how you live your life. Just think of the old Bette Midler song "Hello in there" and then you'll get it......

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