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The Living Wake

4.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

The Living Wake is a dark comedy set in a timeless storybook universe. Self-proclaimed artist and genius, K. Roth Binew (Mike O'Connell), has one day to live. He has enlisted his best and only friend, Mills Joquin (Jesse Eisenberg), to take him around on a bicycle powered rickshaw. In a final attempt to probe life's deepest mysteries, Binew endures one ridiculous trial after the next. He concludes his day with a final performance, his living wake. On a makeshift stage in an open field, Binew's friends and enemies gather to witness his madness one final time.

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Product Details

  • 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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Breaking Glass Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003N82OP0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Living Wake" on IMDb

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By Goughy on November 27, 2012
Format: DVD
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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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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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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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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I was very please with this movie. I wasn't sure.
I'm a Film Festival worker, photographer, fan, and attender.
I'm also a huge movie-buff, and not in the 'fan girl' way/s.

And, I find that.. despite both of the above.. I'm not always impressed with some of these films, and certainly don't always agree with the reviews/critics. However, in this case, I was very happy. I don't have any complaints, really. I know that doesn't sound "oh, no complaints, I MUST see this, then". But really, this was a very-well done movie, in all aspects. You didn't end the movie on a note that you dislike - you are satisfied with the ending. And, sometimes, that's one of the biggest downfalls of many Festival favourites. I bought this used, and was more-than-okay with the condition - it was not worn at all, and was truly a bargain. However, I buy movies in 'bulk', really, and don't like paying more than 5$ per movie, considering I buy them dozens/hundreds at a time; so this was excellent for me.

I recommend a watch of this film. Even if you don't decide to buy.
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This movies is really excellent. It has an interesting premise, has loads of dark humor and is infinitely quotable. If you like quirky dark comedies you will like this one. It is in the ball park of a Wes Anderson or Cohen Bros. movie. Certainly worth your time and money. It is just a shame that the movie is so small most people won't ever see it. It has cult classic written all over it.
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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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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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