Review: ‘Still Life’

Actors serve at the pleasure and the mercy of the roles they inhabit. Throughout the watery character study “Still Life,” the ace English character man Eddie Marsan operates like a minimalist treasure hunter, seeking out little nuggets of truth and humane wit where he can find them.

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Many of us first reckoned with Marsan in Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), in which he played Sally Hawkins’ scary driving instructor. Certainly the actor, puffy of face, limpid of eye and always a little moist around the lips, has size and power, and even in terrible stuff like the Guy Ritchie “Sherlock Holmes” movies, where he’s the boobish copper Lestrade, he’s

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