Dreams Of A Life is an absorbing and at times very moving docudrama about the life of Joyce Carol Vincent - a vivacious young Londoner who skeletal remains were discovered in her bedsit some 3 years after her death. She lived in a busy shopping district, the TV was still on, wrapped Christmas presents were beside her... and yet she just disappeared off the grid and everyone she knew seemed to have forgotten about her - or did she forget about them? The story alone is quite remarkable, but it requires a careful pair of hands to dig deeper. Thankfully, director Carol Morley has assembled a series of candid interviews with the friends and lovers who knew her... but the overall impression that the audience is left with is that nobody truly knew her. Crucially, her family declined to be interviewed and I think the true answer lies somewhere in the relationship with her family. This is a really good film and it certainly makes you think about your own place in the world. Definitely well worth seeing.
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