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ShowtimesApril 9:5:00 pm, 7:10 pmApril 10:5:00 pm, 7:10 pmApril 11:5:00 pm, 7:10 pm
Academy Award nominee!
It should come as no shock that the great novelist Kazuo Ishiguro has a beautifully delicate hand as a screenwriter — but nonetheless Living, based on Akira Kurosawa’s 1952 film Ikiru, arrives as a happy surprise. Not that it’s a happy movie, precisely, but this quiet tale of an ordinary 1950s London man (Bill Nighy) facing the end of his life is a joy: elegantly written, movingly performed, evocatively filmed. It creates a tiny world to get lost in, one whose faces and shadows and sunlight linger with you, even after you’ve returned to your own. Nighy plays Mr. Williams, a longtime civil servant in a bureaucracy-clogged London office. And then, something changes: Mr. Williams is told by a doctor that he has a terminal illness, and very little time to live. He settles on just one thing he can do, to leave the world something to remember him by. Living is a small film, but it leaves you the better for having seen it.—The Seattle Times
“This wise and moving drama is an existential journey that celebrates learning how to live life, in all its fleeting beauty.”—AARP
“A worthy reimagining of Kurosawa’s drama—and one that features, courtesy of star Bill Nighy, as superb a performance as you’re likely to see in 2022.”—The Daily Beast
“Like the best of novels — one of Ishiguro’s, for example — it creates a tiny world to get lost in, one whose faces and shadows and sunlight linger with you, ever after you’ve returned to your own.”—Seattle Times