Dreams Of A Life

I feel bad for marking this down as two-and-a-half stars, because ultimately Carol Morley’s documentary Dreams Of A Life is quite an impressive piece of detective work, using interviews to piece together the life of a woman whose skeleton was found in a London flat with the TV still playing… three years after her death. The obvious questions one has when presented with such a story – Why wasn’t she discovered earlier? What happened to her? What about friends and family members? – are addressed, but unfortunately I don’t like reconstructions at all – it just seems to me a rather naff device that I associate with TV shows like Crimewatch and 999 – and there are lots of them here. I guess they’re employed to offer some variety, otherwise you’d just be watching talking heads for 90 minutes, but I just couldn’t get on with the film as a result. (**½)