With so many excellent major films to see, it’s hard to recommend a small set piece like writer/director Uberto Pasolini’s STILL LIFE. Opening today [Friday] in New York, it is already available on VOD and other platforms where --unlike recent, more demanding new releases (like BIRDMAN, SELMA and INTO THE WOODS) that should be seen in theaters—it’s an appropriate fit.
A sad little story about a sad little man, STILL LIFE introduces us to John May, a middle-aged British council officer whose job is to arrange funerals and burials for those in his borough who die with no next of kin—after first determining that no such relatives exist or—worst-case scenario--are interested in the deceased. Fortunately, Pasolini has cast this role with the consummate British character actor, Eddie Marsan, whose face-- if not name-- will undoubtedly be familiar---especially to fans of “Ray Donovan,” where he plays Ray’s brother. Marsan’s Chaplinesque performance is perfect.