Carol Morley‘s Dreams of A Life documentary film explores the life of Joyce Carol Vincent, a young women whose skeleton was found in her flat three years after she died.
The film starts in 2006 with a reconstruction of the discovery of Vincent’s skeleton by bailiffs seizing possession of her Wood Green flat.
It then switches between dramatised scenes and interviews with those who knew her.
These recollections – from ex-boyfriends, work colleagues and former flatmates – are extremely personal and touching.
A number of interviewees bravely confront the uncomfortable truth that they allowed a friend to vanish without question. Morley deserves a lot of credit for persuading so many to take part in what is clearly at times a very painful experience.
The film is a very generous act which restores a life story to someone who would otherwise only be known for their gruesome passing but it’s also an uncomfortable mirror for a society which too often has no time for others.
The subject matter means this isn’t the sort of film one would say they ‘enjoyed’ but it is a thought provoking, moving and humbling experience that I wouldn’t want to have missed.
Our verdict: 5/5
Dreams of Life is airing as part of the 55th BFI London Film Festival and goes on general release on 16th December. More information: www.dreamsofalife.com