The Living Wake Reviews
In the end, however, pic defies all categorization, joining a small pantheon of pics including "Withnail & I" and Peter Greenaway's "Drowning byNumbers" that whistle past the graveyard with aplomb.
Funny, touching, insane, ridiculous and brilliant are just a few words I would use to describe "The Living Wake." Films like this need to be seen so seek it out, you'll be glad you did.
An alienating experience up until the final fifteen minutes when, during the titular ceremony, it suddenly seems loveable-like an annoyingly oafish pup that won't stop nuzzling until you break down and scratch its belly.
A small, peculiar film with a big, grating personality, The Living Wake is like a party crasher at an intimate gathering, momentarily intriguing and difficult to forget, but mostly for the wrong reasons.
A refreshingly original, well-acted and delightfully bizarre amalgamation of comedy, satire, drama and tragedy that's often amusing and unpredictable, but lacks a genuinely poignant emotional core.