Living

“Living” is a British film based on an Akira Kurosawa movie. The main character is a mid-level bureaucrat, very set in his ways. His life is one predictable moment after another. He finds out that he has a terminal disease and decides that he needs to live. The problem is that he does not know how. He enlists other people to show him how to enjoy life. Finally he takes on a project at work that is stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire. His once meaningless life becomes something valued as reflected by the people who end up caring about him. I was not expecting to like this film, but I ended up really enjoying it. I cared about the character played by Bill Nighy. His understated performance was wonderful and magnetic. See this movie! You will be glad you did.

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