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Ingrid Bolsø Berdal,
Rolf Kristian Larsen,
Tomas Alf Larsen
Anna Rydell returns home to her sister (and best friend) Alex after a stint in a mental hospital, though her recovery is jeopardized thanks to her cruel stepmother, aloof father, and the presence of a ghost in their home.
In a decaying mansion in England, the former Lord Donald Brocklebank lives with his wife Nancy, who is very ill, and their schizophrenic teenage son James, who needs to use several pills to stay calm. Donald is completely broke, apparently for paying for Nancy's medical treatment, and has been pressed to sell his manor. One day, Donald needs to travel early in the morning to London for business and he summons Nurse Mary. However, James decides to prove to his father that he is capable of taking care of his mother and he closes all the accesses to the house and locks himself with his mother inside the house. He gives an overdose of pills to his mother expecting to heal her and Nancy dies. At the funeral, there is another problem with James driving Donald insane. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The film is dedicated to the memory of Sheila and David Rumley, parents of director Simon Rumley. Three months after his father had passed away from a heart attack, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. She died three months later. See more »
Hello? Hello? Yes, yes I know. No, I didn't know that. No, that's not good at all. No, she doesn't know. Hmm. Hmm. Exactly. Okay, goodbye.
They going to make it?
No, they're not.
Can I look after mummy this time.
I'm not going away.
But you always say that, you always do.
Some one's at the door!
Stop James, I said stop!
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Unique and Stunning Film Reminiscent of Unclassifiable 1970s Classic
Simon Rumley's "The Living and the Dead" is the kind of film I would not have expected to come out in 2006. While a drama at its core, the movie is constructed of so many other narrative and cinematic nuances and is so possessed by a kind of punk spirit that it looks and feels like it could have been one of the unclassifiable classics of the 1970s. Although only a few final episodes in the life of an aristocratic English family with a mentally ill son are illustrated, these scenes are enough through which to surrealistically distill the gradual and eventual disintegration of their lives into madness and tragedy. This portrayal of tragedy is one of the characteristics that particularly makes this film so interesting. That's not to say that there is not also the element of comedy in this film. The son's character is one that many would consider humorous, at least from a distance. But Rumley takes us deep enough into the life of the son--his private words and behavior, his relationship with his parents, his drug usage, even his dreams--until our laughter is long left behind for more serious thoughts of sympathy and fear. It is as easy to emotionally respond to this film as it is to think about it on an intellectual level, as the simple yet sophisticated dialogue is brilliantly executed and perfectly compliments the literary screenplay, professional directing, artful cinematography, and everything else that makes this film as worthy of viewing as many of the unique favorites of the past.
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