Movie review: Life Just Is
Thursday 06 December 2012
You can see the influences on Alex Barrett’s debut feature, most prominently Mike Leigh and Eric Rohmer.
It’s easy enough to admire the slow-burning artistry too – the unusual framing, the pauses, the pared-down style, the painstaking attention toward character and dialogue. The very big downside is that the writer-director’s protagonists – the five twentysomething graduates sharing a house in London and trying to cope with the vicissitudes of adult life and independence – are so extraordinarily dull. As they agonise over relationships, religion, jobs and friendship, their self-obsessiveness becomes more and more grating.
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