In Still Life, John May (Eddie Marsan) plans funerals for strangers. He carefully picks out music for services that nobody attends; he writes eulogies for people no one else cares to memorialize; he pays his respects, alone, as caskets are lowered into the ground; and then he goes home to an empty apartment to eat tuna and dry toast and flip through a photo album of all the other lonely souls he’s put to rest.
For more than 22 years, John has worked for the South London council, trying to track down relatives of people who have died alone. He’s earnest in his efforts, though not often successful. People live and die alone for a reason, you see. But when John learns that his position with the council has become redundant, he makes it his mission to close his last case successfully. And it’s a case that hits particularly close
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