Review in Brief: Living (2022)

How can you improve on a classic from a master? You lean into the period detail, come at it from a new cultural perspective and make the meditation on mortality even sadder. Based on Akira Kurosawa’s IKIRU, Oliver Hermanus’ (director of Moffie) new film follows Williams (Bill Nighy), a local government middle manager who has let life slip by and is now faced with a terminal diagnosis. He finally decides to live, forges and unexpected connection with the ambitious Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood) and aims to actually get something worthwhile done in his coasting department in the time he has left. Maintaining the British stiff-upper-lip ensures that the closest Williams ever comes to telling his family how soon he’s going to die is rehearsing it to a coat stand. LIVING is unassuming, but it’s compellingly honest and really stays with you. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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