Mr Williams (Bill Nighy) is a diligent but rather dour bureaucrat, working in a council in post-war London. One day, he’s given a devastating medical prognosis: he only has a few months left to live. Stunned by the news, he abruptly abandons his usual routine. Chance encounters with a rebellious writer (Tom Burke) and a youthful colleague (Aimee Lou Wood) help Mr Williams discover a whole new perspective on both his life and work.

Based on classic Japanese film Ikiru – beautifully adapted here by director Oliver Hermanus and writer Kazuo Ishiguro – Living is a poignant, lovingly-told story about finding meaning when faced with one’s own mortality. Bill Nighy is perfectly cast here, offering up one of the finest performances of his entire career.

Director: Oliver Hermanus

Cast: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Tom Burke

Film info:

102 mins. UK. 2022. PG (IFCO rating)

 

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