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Dreams of a Life [DVD]

Zawe Ashton , Carol Morley    Exempt   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zawe Ashton
  • Directors: Carol Morley
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dogwoof
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ME44WS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,157 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn t discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph.

Who was she? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age- the so-called age of communication?

Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce s life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties - the City, music, and race.

It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Nobody noticed when Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. Her body wasn't discovered for three years, surrounded by Christmas presents she had been wrapping, and with the TV still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of her life - not even a photograph. Who was she? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age - the so-called age of communication? Interweaving interviews with imagined scenes from Joyce's life, Dreams of a Life is an imaginative, powerful, multilayered quest, and is not only a portrait of Joyce but a portrait of London in the eighties - the City, music, and race. It is a film about urban lives, contemporary life, and how, like Joyce, we are all different things to different people. It is about how little we may ever know each other, but nevertheless, how much we can love. ...Dreams of a Life

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This docu-drama about the life & deterioration of Joyce Vincent, who died aged 38, was interesting & moved me deeply. Though the role of playing Joyce doesn't seriously challenge actor Zawe Ashton, she still gives us a fine interpretation. The many interviews from her former friends & acquaintances depict a highly intelligent, vivacious, attractive woman, who was quite a socialite in her prime, even meeting Nelson Mandela. Sadly, in the last years of her life, she'd disappeared completely off the social radar, finally ending up in a bedsit provided as a refuge for battered women. It was here that her dead body lay undiscovered for 3 years.

One gets the impression that Joyce was a very complex individual struggling with many inner demons, who became a drifter in her latter years. I agree with L. Hennessey's review about some kind of depressive illness being a likely contributing factor to her deterioration. Highly intelligent people like Joyce can hide increasing depressive illness from others for longer than usual, despite the inner damage done to ones personality. The previous abusive relationship with a male companion would also have significantly exacerbated her already vulnerable condition.

This seems a reasonable explanation for her general deterioration & increasing need for social isolation. However, such was the extent of destitution portrayed overall, I felt compelled to Google more about her family, not least her 4 sisters.

I discovered that her sisters had in fact been searching for Joyce with considerable effort for a long time before she died. They even hired a private detective for the task. His search actually lasted for a long time after Joyce's lonely death.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By L. Hennessy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The story of Joyce Vincent is a sad one: in 2003 she died alone in her flat at the young age of 38, where her body lay undiscovered for three years - when she was eventually discovered by bailiffs who made a forced entry, the television was still on. This documentary taps into the horror and dread that most people feel when they try to imagine how isolated a life can become for that to be possible.

The film-makers attempt to recreate a time-line of her life by interviewing people that knew her - they published public notices appealing for those who recognised her name to contact them. We see past loves, school friends and work colleagues talk to the camera as they describe an outgoing, vivacious and attractive woman who by all accounts was the centre of attention wherever she went. They all seem to be properly shocked by her fate. 'How could this have happened?' is the question that hides just underneath their spoken words.

Interspersed between these testaments are reconstruction scenes, which I felt took away from the impact of the story - I've never been a fan of this form of depicting events: in my opinion the film was edited to 90 minutes for the cinematic release, but would have really benefited from being cut down to an hour, and removing most of it. I don't need to see three and a half minutes of an actress singing along to a song in front of a wardrobe mirror with a hairbrush, for example - I *know* I'm not watching the real subject of the story, but someone pretending to be her; it got quite irritating to go through at moments. The lack of pictures or footage of the real Joyce was a powerful absence, but one that wasn't filled by these scenes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film 26 Aug 2013
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A stunning semi-documentary that truly makes you think and stay with you for months afterwards. Every one should see it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that will live on in your memory 24 Mar 2013
By DPL62
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The film/documentry is a true story of a 38 year old women that had laid dead in her flat for nearly 3 years before being found by the authorities. Little was known at the time about Joyce Carol Vincent when her decomposed body was found with the TV still on and surrounded by partially wrapped Christmas presents. How could anybody just disappear for so long without being noticed...

The film-maker, Carol Morley has done an excellent job of bringing Joyce to life. She turns out to be nothing like what you would expect her to be. Attractive, vivacious and complex young women who led a nomadic existence. You find that during the course of her life she was friends with American soul singer Betty Wright and got to meet Nelson Mandela. The music in the film really helps to push the story along. It's a film that you will remember for a very long time, it's both sad but at the same time uplifting. The point of the film was more to do with how she lived her life than how she died.

You are left wanting to know more about her, however the extra's on the DVD give you a glimpse of more of her unusual and secretive life. It's a very fitting tribute to someone who sadly died before their time.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting film 12 Mar 2012
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This is 1st class movie making ,
it is like being on the outside of someones life and looking in ,
Who lives behind those house or flat windows ?
The story behind it is an original one ,
and the ending is stunning
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fascinating
Published 3 days ago by Cathy Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but True
Excellent for 'feeling/ empathizing with people'. Its is very sad.
Have your tissue box near by if your brave enough.
Published 4 days ago by mariapoet
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good documentary.
I enjoyed watching this documentary as it serves as such a reflection on life in general. I found it sad but very deep.
Published 4 months ago by Ekaette
5.0 out of 5 stars dark docudrama
This is the biopic of a young high flying black girl living in London, Joyce Vincent. She had a good job, went out with Pop Stars and seemed to live the high life. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. D. Burton-Richardson
2.0 out of 5 stars An unsatisfactory attempt to tell a story
The story of how Joyce Vincent died is a shocking one. When you've heard the details, you're going to be very indulgent towards anyone telling the story because there's so much... Read more
Published 6 months ago by William Cohen
3.0 out of 5 stars Haunting
This is a very haunting, thought provoking documentary leaving more questions than answers.
In order to find answers to my questions I undertook some internet research & was... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Old Blue Eyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
I always find it upsetting to read in the papers about someone dying and their body not being found for a long time, you ask yourself how such a situation could arise, where were... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alison Petrie
5.0 out of 5 stars sad human story
I love this film/documentary as it's written from the view of people looking in and it beggars belief that in this day and age this could happen. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ostaragirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunting despite its flaws
Joyce Vincent died in a flat in London in 2003 but her body was not discovered for three years. Why wasn't she missed? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Kate Vane
4.0 out of 5 stars A good documentary
From such a tragic story, a very insightful picture of the life of a woman who was 'lost'. A story told by friends and acquaintances, although her family did not take part in it. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Frances Johnstone
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