Starring Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp
and Tom Burk.
Directed by Oliver Hermanus, written by Kazuo Ishiguro, produced by Stephen Woolley & Elizabeth Karlsen. Based on Akira Kurosawa’s film Ikiru.
LIVING is the story of an ordinary man, reduced by years of oppressive office routine to a shadowy existence, who at the eleventh hour makes a supreme effort to turn his dull life into something wonderful – into one he can say has been lived to the full.
1953. A London shattered by WWII is still recovering. Williams (Bill Nighy), a veteran civil servant, is an impotent cog within the city’s bureaucracy as it struggles to rebuild. Buried under paperwork at the office, lonely at home, his life has long felt empty and meaningless. Then a shattering medical diagnosis forces him to take stock – and to try and grasp fulfilment before it goes beyond reach. At a seaside resort, chaperoned by a local decadent (Tom Burke), he flirts with hedonism before rejecting it as his solution. Back in London, he finds himself drawn to the natural vitality of Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood), a young woman who once worked under his supervision and is now determined to spread her wings. Then one evening he is struck by a revelation – one as simple as it is profound – and with a new energy, and the help of Peter (Alex Sharp), an idealistic new recruit to his department, he sets about creating a legacy for the next generation.
Content Advisory: moderate sex references
First UK Showing: 9th October 2022
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