Bill Nighy takes the lead in this story of an ordinary man who has been reduced by years of office routine to a shadow of existence. A veteran civil servant, Williams (Nighy) is an important cog within the London’s bureaucracy as the city struggles to rebuild after WWII. 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. 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, he sets about creating a legacy for the next generation.
Adapted from Akira Kurosawa’s classic Ikiru (1952) with the story transposed to London in the 50s Living has received widespread critical acclaim.
“Bill Nighy delivers an almost startling transformation in this beautiful period drama.” Independent
“Bill Nighy is brilliant in this graceful, affecting Akira Kurosawa remake … its beauty feels thrillingly natural, and its considerable emotional power is honestly earned.” Telegraph
Directed by Oliver Hermanus.