Dreams of a Life
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Nobody noticed when thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent died in her apartment in North London in 2003. Three years later when her skeleton was discovered, her heating and television were still on. Who was Joyce Vincent and how could her death have gone unnoticed for so long? Dreams of a Life attempts to answer this question through testimonies from Joyce’s former friends, lovers and colleagues combined with re-imagined scenes, providing insight into her life and tragic death.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 23
- Fresh: 16
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: For all its subtext about identity and London's social fabric, "Dreams of a Life" leaves too many blanks and is ultimately more frustrating than rewarding.
Fresh: A riveting tale of a onetime vivacious personality, described by those who knew her as "stunning," "lovely," and "very well liked," but who nevertheless died alone, friendless and seemingly missed by nobody.
Fresh: Its holes or omissions cannot diminish the gaping eloquence of the situation and the questions that arise.
Fresh: Somewhere at the bottom of this story is an ache about the value of a life.
An Amazing Documentary
Watched this this evening. An unbelievable story about a young woman, her loneliness, and her friends and loved ones who wondered how this could have happened. Is guaranteed to stay with you a long time after.
Tells us little to nothing.
I watched this hoping to learn about a fascinating and tragic case, but what I got felt like I had walked into the wrong classroom, during a lecture I knew nothing about. Had the film taken even a couple minutes to lay the foundation of who this woman was, and a bit about the lead up to her death, it would have been much more interesting and effective. Instead, the way it's done is just a bunch of people who knew her talking about random memories of her. There's no context, no background, no introduction. The film makers really need to return to film school, and learn the basics of documentary film making. Not knowing who the people talking about her are, what relation they had with her, or any background on the case are horrible, glaring omissions in this film, and inexcusable in this context. Save yourself the time and money, and do a Google search to learn the story.
where are the police facts??
i enjoyed this film but there are so many loose ends! where are her family records? did her mom and dad actually die like people think they remember? where are the interviews with people from the local stores and shops during the time she lived where she died? who were all of these christmas presents for, if she supposedly had no one very close in her life at the time? wasn't all of this covered in a police report?? shouldn't the mystery more of less be over, aside from exact cause of death?? i find it hard to believe that the police didn't ask, answer, and conclude on all of these questions and more. this documentary takes a very abstract view of what would otherwise be a true-crime episode, but doesn't involve the true-crime answers that i'm sure must exist somewhere