LFF: How We Used to Live (2013)

BFI London Film Festival 2013 FILM FESTIVAL FILM REVIEW: London Film Festival || Director Paul Kelly | Writers Travis Elborough and Bob Stanley | Length 70 minutes | Seen at BFI Southbank (NFT3), London, Monday 14 October 2013 || My Rating 3 stars good

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Like a lot of people — not least perhaps the director and many of those who worked on this film — I’m not from London originally, but have rather fallen in love with it over the ten years I’ve lived there. It is constantly being rebuilt and renewed, and its skyline is constantly changing, but if anything How We Used to Live shows what’s still the same: the commuting, the work, the concerns about the cost of living, the self-consciousness, and to a certain extent, the rebuilding as well. It’s like an anti-nostalgia nostalgic film in the way it comes across (plus ça change and all that).

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