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The Living Wake

Mike O Connell , Jesse Eisenberg , Sol Tryon  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike O Connell, Jesse Eisenberg, Jim Gaffigan
  • Directors: Sol Tryon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N82OP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Living Wake" on IMDb

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"The Re-Education of Mills Foquin" Short Film
Deleted Scenes
Musings with K. Roth Binew
Commentary with Cast and Director Sol Tryon
Director Sol Tryon's critically acclaimed debut feature is a timeless fairytale with a biting sense of humor. When self-proclaimed genius K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell, Funny People) 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 (Jesse Eisenberg, Zombieland), K Roth spends his scheduled 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.

Guaranteed to be a cult classic, The Living wake plays out like a combination of Monty Python's absurdist humor and Wes Anderson's delicate styling. What unfolds onscreen is a clever, whimsical fable about the nature of death.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure November 27, 2012
By Goughy
I admit that the first twenty minutes or so upon my first viewing of The Living Wake I was not completely engaged with it, the subtleties of its whimsy losing out to another activity, perhaps doing push-ups or reading, I can't recall. In fact, I am ashamed to admit, it wasn't until the closing did I begin to realize how charming this little indie picture had been, my attention earned with gratitude in its finale which gave me a sudden sentimentality, a reason for reconsideration. And thus, I immediately replayed the film convinced I had entirely missed out on something very special. I was right. The Living Wake has since become one of my favorites, a film which I watch from time to time to still find amusing and even profound thematic elements, along with some very comedic dialogue and performances. This isn't to say everyone will love this film as much as I or even at all. It's quirkiness I suppose could be considered pretentious or even self-aware, but I can think of a dozen or more far guiltier films to condemn for such attributes. It tends to be darkly comical, almost an absurdity in its regard of death, a gaping melancholy always in its heart, but in its treatment of the futility we face in our own mortality, seen through the grandiose eccentricity of its protagonist searching for meaning on the last day of his life, dealing with universal fears of leaving without making some kind of lasting impression in his short time here, it transcends its bleakness to be inspiring and an uplifting affair. K. Roth Binew, portrayed wonderfully by Mike O'Connell, is an exaggeratedly flawed character, at times unlikable, but always entertaining and as the film precedes, identifiable and indeed quite funny throughout. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars The living wake January 26, 2014
By deanna
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This is probably my most favorite movie of all time. Its unexpected, extremely funny and quotable. Ive shown all of my friends this film and they enjoyed it just as much as i did. I HAD to have this in my movie collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved it September 5, 2012
This is a clever, witty and original dark humour comedy and I enjoyed every minute of it. I'd give it 5 stars but the audio is not great quality so some of the pithy dialogue is hard to hear. I had no idea what to expect and found myself unexpectedly amused. Worth repeat viewings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully imaginative March 4, 2012
By Gigi
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This was a wonderfully written and acted film. Mike O'Connel's portrayal and story of a true eccentric on his final day was a wonderful journey through an incredible imagination. Definitely recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it March 31, 2011
I agree that this movie is similar to Wes Anderson. It's a great dark comedy, for me it had many laugh-out-loud moments. It's wonderfully absurd. And on Netflix right now! I'll probably buy it because I love it so much, but if you already have Netflix and you don't feel like spending $20 I would do that :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites August 11, 2014
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One of the wittiest and well done movies I've seen in a long, long time. The speed and wit of this movie keeps you laughing while still engaging with the genuine characters of the movie. Amazingly well told and fantastically done.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected June 18, 2011
By Ssass
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Mike O Connell is a little too over-the-top for my taste; Jesse Eisenberg was spot on. I was drawn to the quirkiness of it, but was somewhat disappointed. I think I'll have to watch it again. My three friends fell asleep about 1/3 of the way through; a poor testimonial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making Room in my Top Five September 5, 2010
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When I first saw this at a special screening in Chicago a few years ago I was blown away by how incredible it was. Too bad I had to wait until late 2010 to get my hands on a copy. I recommend everyone catch this genre defying epic
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