Review: ‘Still Life’ never quite comes to life

Schmaltz and death don’t make for good bedfellows. For as long as it manages to resist schmaltz, “Still Life” is a soulful if obvious meditation on lives lived unshared, and one man’s dedication to righting those wrongs while neglecting his own life.

It’s not a fascinating (or even particularly interesting) character study — the film never lets you get close enough to its leading man to understand his damage — but it’s nevertheless an intermittently moving one.

Holding the film together is Eddie Marsan, who turns in an affecting, resolute performance as the unassuming John May, a solitary caseworker whose job it is to make final

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