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The Living Wake

The Living Wake 12 rating

Accompanied by his faithful assistant Mills (Jesse Eisenberg), self-proclaimed genius K. Roth Binew (Mike O’Connell) decides to go out in style following a terminal prognosis – staging a living wake.

Comedy 2007 92 mins

Director: Sol Tyron

Overview

When self-proclaimed genius K. Roth Binew (O’Connell) learns his life will be cut short by a grave but unnamed illness, he decides to go out in style – with a living wake. Accompanied by his faithful assistant Mills (Eisenberg), K. Roth spends his final day on earth revisiting all the people who touched his life – from the village prostitute to his estranged mother – in order to invite them to his grand finale.

Director Sol Tryon’s critically acclaimed debut feature is a fine example of recent US indie comedy, with the director deftly balancing fairytale whimsy with a biting sense of black humour.