Based on the 1952 Japanese film directed by Akira Kurosawa Living is a wonderful and moving story about the mundanity of life.

Set in London in the early 50s Bill Nighy plays Mr Williams, a civil servant, who every working day travels on a train to Waterloo Station. He then walks to County Hall where he is in charge of the planning department. Finding out he has terminal cancer Mr Williams is forced to revaluate his rather boring life and with only months to live abandons his work for a while firstly travelling to Brighton where he enjoys a drunken night out with an stranger who he meets in a café (Tom Burke).

Returning to London and unable to communicate with his son and his rather over bearing wife, Mr William’s strikes up a rather inappropriate, according to his son, but innocent relationship with a much younger former colleague, Miss Harris (Aimee Lou Wood).

Bill Nighy and Aimee Lou Wood are both terrific in their respective roles and the attention to period detail is just one of the films many strong points, director Oliver Hermanus uses a film ratio of 4:3 giving Living the look of a film made in the period that it is set.

Living is a wonderful piece of cinema and comes highly recommended.


1h 46m

Director: Oliver Hermanus
Cast: Bill Nighy, Aimee Lou Wood, Alex Sharp, Tom Burke

UK Release: Cinemas 4th November 2022
US Release: Cinemas 23rd December 2022