Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

55th BFI London Film Festival: Dreams of a Life

I saw Dreams of a Life today. It is billed as the intriguing story of a young woman discovered in a London flat three years after her death and is here:
In 2006 a woman's skeleton was found in a London flat. The woman, identified as Joyce Carol Vincent, had been dead for three years.

Photo credit: http://www.bfi.org.uk/lff/node/1671

I can write this film up very briefly and quickly. Joyce Vincent was the same as me and many of the people I know - a single woman in her 30s/40s, with no husband/partner or children, living and working in London, but with a family (parents and siblings) and a wide and diverse network of friends, whom she had met through work and other social activities. She was outgoing, fun, attractive and popular. But in 2003 she died alone in her bedsit and no one noticed that she was now missing and absent from their lives. She was only found three years later when the police broke into her flat to repossess it due to mounting rent arrears.

The thought this prompted in me is exactly what kind of society are we living in when someone like Joyce can just die and vanish from the lives of her family and her friends and no one notices and (seemingly) no one cares?

Also, could this happen to me?!
Tags: bfi, film, london
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