Saturday, 21 February 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 69: Tue Mar 10

Life of Riley (Resnais, 2014): BFI Southbank, NFT 3, 6pm & NFT2, 8.40pm

Here is the BFI introduction:
At the Berlinale, weeks before he died, Alain Resnais’ final film won the nonagenarian a Silver Bear for opening new perspectives in cinema. Life of Riley screens at the BFI from 6th to 19th March.

'A faithful yet mischievous adaptation of a play by his friend Alan Ayckbourn, it charts the responses of three couples – especially the women – to the news that their friend George Riley (never seen in the film) has just months to live. Stressing the theatrical artifice of a storyline which is itself about amateur dramatics and role-playing, Resnais elicits excellent performances from his cast, who speak French while inhabiting a surreal Yorkshire of the mind comprised of stylised sets, cartoons and roadscapes. A wise, witty, admirably airy look at life, love and death by one of film’s greatest modernists.'
Geoff Andrew, Senior Film Programmer

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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