Dreams of a Life details
|Starring:||Zawe Ashton, Jonathan Harden, Daren Elliott Holmes|
|Collections:||March - Drama|
Dreams of a Life
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Mar 2012|
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A must see filmBy a customer , 21 Mar 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is really fascinating to watch, especially as it's based on a true story about a woman who was so admired but who was so mysterious to her friends and acquaintances. I found it quite moving that this poor woman died completely alone in London. Just goes to show how a lonely place London can be! What kept me hooked was the mystery and secrecy surrounding her life and I desperately wanted to know what happened to her and what made her live the life she did! She was definitely a woman with no past and no future. It is a cautionary tale about how we as a society are so preoccupied with our own lives that we forget about the important things such as family and friends! I will most certainly look out for my neighbours especially those who live alone or are elderly. Have we lost our sense of community?
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How well do we know our neighbours?By Tish2 (159 reviews) from London , 09 Dec 2013I had seen quite a lot of positive publicity surrounding this film, but still didnt really know what to expect. It is a documentary drama about a woman called Joyce Vincent who died in her flat in 2006, and who sadly wasnt discovered for three years. It was only when bailiffs broke into her home over unpaid rent arrears that her remains were found. Her mysterious death in Wood Green, North London posed a lot of questions, some of which remain unanswered or unanswerable even after watching this movie. Interviews with people who knew her were spliced with dramatizations of her life a bit like an extended version of Crimewatch to be honest. I found the re-enactments to often be tacky, sentimental or simply irrelevant. It was pretty much hammered home that when most of the interviewees knew her she was a lively fun loving person whom no one would have expected to die in such a lonely way. Not enough information was given about how she was overlooked by the authorities, although a time line of events was shown, but the information was supplied so quickly that it was a case of blink and you will miss it. If I watch it again I will concentrate on this because it also noted people who the film maker spoke to and those who refused to be interviewed including Joyce Vincents family. The title of the film is Dream of a Life and this is what it does encompass. It questions just how much we actually know a person in comparison to what we imagine them to be. Likewise it shows how in youth it is easier to move from job to job, scene to scene and even relationship to relationship reinventing oneself each time, but with age this becomes increasingly difficult. The dramatic reconstructions add to the fictionalization of Joyce Vincents life, and in her death she has become a blank canvas upon which people can address their fears, either real or imagined about the breakdown of family and societal relationships. It is impossible not to be moved by this story but I still cant help wishing that the film had been more factual and less tenuous, at least answering some questions as to how this could have been allowed to happen.
sticks with youBy Lynseylinz (15 reviews) , 29 Nov 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]facinating sad and frightening all at the same time this documentary film will make you think twice about not checking up on a friend/ aquaintance/ neighbour that you havent seen in a while. A truly tragic story which im sure like many encompasses one of your worst fears in life.
try to watch it without cryingBy missywoo (4 reviews) , 31 Oct 2013truly an incredible and moving film, days later and its still with me, I watched it and cried then I watched it all over again and I still cried. there is a website linked with a film with a series of questions in a conversational style with quite beautiful photography which is haunting. good films stir the viewer and leave a finger print on you, this is that kind of film
Gripping and troubling..By NickBurton (18 reviews) , 02 Oct 2013A fascinating and troubling dramatised documentary, which poses more questions than answers, yet still hold us in its grip - mainly through the expert use of interviews with many of Joyce's real-life friends and acquaintances. (Any family members are notably absent, which may well be significant in itself.) A detective story without a final revelation. What a waste of a potentially great life: apart from anything else, Joyce was no mean singer, and the evidence accompanies the end titles. One big minus: the DVD extras are complete and amateur rubbish; don't bother with them!
Powerful story, shame about the presentationBy theorganicdomino (76 reviews) , 27 Jun 2013This documentary is elevated by the intrigue and empathy inspiring subject matter. Production wise its a bit shoddy. Given that Joyce was a bit of a mystery it is peculiar that so much of the available information provided in the film is given little or fuzzy context. For example it is not entirely clear who many of the participants are in relation to Joyce with one couple it was only apparent that they were work colleagues towards the end of the film and many identities were vague even then. Stylistically some of the choices are a trifle baffling the reenactments of Joyce in her bedsit where shes watching the interviews of her friends on her TV seemed motiveless. As much as I love the actress Zawe Ashton, Im not sure the dramatised sections compliment the documentary aspects so effectively anyway, they feel a little like padding, especially at one point when the film grinds to a halt whilst the actress sings a whole song. As another reviewer noted, this a TV documentary, as theres little to justify a cinematic outing. The giant elephant in the room is of course the absence of Joyces family. The film hints at possible demons in the closet, but without evidence to back them up there truly are huge (available) parts of the puzzle missing. Glad I watched it though, as its good to know that people really did care for this poor woman who slipped through the cracks in society its just a shame the documentary wasnt made with greater care.
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