Film Reviews

John Maguire: Nighy gives powerful performance in film about life and death

Oliver Hermanus’s sublime remake of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa’s classic Ikiru is neither maudlin nor manipulative, despite the subject matter

Bill Nighy stars in Oliver Hermanus’s sublime memento mori

Watching Living, there was a sudden moment when I realised that I couldn’t recall the last time I wept at a film. It had been decades, really, but the tears came anyway. The unexpectedly hot and wet reminders that cinema still has the power to move even those parts of us grown calloused through overwork.

That’s not to suggest Oliver Hermanus’s sublime film, a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s classic Ikiru transplanted by screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro ...