Director: Oliver Hermanus Run Time: 102 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022
Starring: Adrian Rawlins, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Bill Nighy, Tom Burke
Living is the story of Mr. Williams (Bill Nighy), a man who has become trapped in the monotonous clockwork of every day life, lacking inspiration in a post-war world. When he discovers he is terminally ill, he confronts his past and seeks to salvage what he has left of his future. Befriending his ex-colleague Margaret (Aimoo Lou Wood), her youthful vibrancy and zest for life rubs off on him, and he realizes that before he dies he wants to do something meaningful, something he can be remembered for.
Oliver Hermanus is a South African film director and writer. His films include Shirley Adams, Beauty, The Endless River, and Moffie. His film Beauty won the Queer Palm Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
“The cast is wonderful. And every detail – from Sandy Powell’s exquisite period costumes to Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch’s music – is just perfect. A final exchange with a passing policeman would make a stone cry.” ~ Tara Brady, Irish Times
“It is as profoundly and deeply felt as the original and as heartbreakingly tender. It asks the same question, but this time with Englishness, bowler hats, the sweet trolley at Fortnum’s and Bill Nighy. Really, what more could you want?” ~ Deborah Ross, The Spectator
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