Living poster.jpgLiving is a British drama directed by Oliver Hermanus from a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro, adapted from the 1952 Japanese film Ikiru directed by Akira Kurosawa, which in turn was inspired by the 1886 Russian novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy. Set in 1953 London, it depicts a bureaucrat in the county Public Works department facing a fatal illness. Living just became available in the United States after the Oscar nominations. Prior to that, Living was released in the United Kindom in November of 2022. I enjoyed Living as it was quiet and entertaining.

In 1953 London, Rodney Williams, (Bill Nighy) receives a terminal cancer diagnosis from his doctor. He neglects to tell his son Michael (Barney Fishwick) and daughter-in-law, Fiona (Patsy Ferran), instead he decides to withdraw half of his life savings, purchase a lethal amount of sleeping pills, and commit suicide in a seaside resort town. Finding himself…

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