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Dreams of a life
Dreams of a Life (DVD)
Member Name: carolynla
Dreams of a Life (DVD)
Advantages: good documentary
Disadvantages: lacking full details
This is a moving documentary based on the life of Joyce Carol Vincent (1965- 2003) whom was found dead in her bedsit above a London Wood Green shopping centre undiscovered for around 2 years. Her story gained attention from the press in that it was so unlike any other before. It shocked people that someone could be missing for that amount of time with nobody knowing or coming to look for you. It inspired film maker Carol Morley to try and piece together information, however small, in order to create a documentary to put out for public viewing.
The documentary tells the life of Joyce Vincent through the eyes of those who used to spend time with her. However even with their stories told the documentary gave the impression that nobody really truly knew her, they only knew about Joyce what she wanted them to know. So this makes the viewer feel as though they aren't getting the real whole story from this documentary as nobody seemed to know her that well. There was a lot of mystery surrounding her life and it was clear from this documentary other people shared this same feeling, that they never really knew what was going on, and with their views never suspected anything amiss when they hadn't heard from her all that time, and decided she was somewhere better off living a better life.
Part of the story is played by actress Zawe Ashton, and I thought several parts were quite moving as they depicted loneliness, and parts of what she might've been feeing that nobody really knew about.
I thought this documentary was good but lacked a lot of information as the maker didn't have a lot to go on.
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