Show Date: April 23, 2023 7:30 pm
Living is set in the 1950s and stars Bill Nighy, as Mr Williams, a stiff venerable civil servant who spends his days processing planning applications for London’s County Council. At work he is a benign authoritative presence, and a politely tolerated one at home, where he lives with his son and daughter-in-law.
This all changes when he receives news which compels him to rethink his outlook on life, and he resolves to add ‘colour to his monochrome existence’. This includes championing the efforts of a group of local mums to build a children’s playground on a bombsite.
Living is a remake of the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru, and is as ‘heartbreakingly tender’ as the original. It asks the same question: what makes life meaningful?
Despite its potentially morbid subject matter, Living is a lovely, tender story about the value of human connection and the power of small gestures of kindness.
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